18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Daintree
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Cove
— 1 night
Drive
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Mission Beach
— 2 nights
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
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Cooktown

— 2 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 16th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, get a taste of the local shopping with Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, and then head outdoors with Great Northern Tours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, and then stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cooktown trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney to Cooktown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm and Daintree Entomological museum. We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Cow Bay Beach about 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Daintree.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Daintree

— 1 night
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Daintree route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Daintree takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Daintree sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Daintree to Port Douglas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll set off for Palm Cove on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Spas

Palm Cove

— 1 night
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 23rd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Village Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Palm Cove day trip app.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Palm Cove in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 2 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach road trip website.

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Mission Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To find out how to plan a trip to Rockhampton, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Mission Beach to Rockhampton in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Byron Bay

— 2 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 28th (Thu), shop like a local with Lone Goat Gallery, kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at Day Spa @ Byron Women's Retreat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Before you visit Byron Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Byron Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rockhampton in April, with highs in Byron Bay at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas

Nelson Bay

— 2 nights
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 30th (Sat), stroll through Fly Point, view the masterpieces at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, and then stroll through Little Beach Reserve. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with Feet First Dive and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Sand Dune Safaris.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson Bay trip planner.

Fly from Byron Bay to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.