21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner

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Rockhampton
— 1 night
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Mackay
— 1 night
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Townsville
— 4 nights
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Mena Creek
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Cooktown
— 2 nights
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Herberton
— 2 nights
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Bowen
— 2 nights
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Mackay
— 1 night
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Gin Gin
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Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 28th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Koorana Crocodile Farm, identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Kershaw Gardens. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village and then examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rockhampton day trip planning site.

Brisbane to Rockhampton is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rockhampton, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

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Mackay

— 1 night
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Artspace Mackay, grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mackay trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Shopping · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Townsville

— 4 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Explore Townsville's surroundings by going to Paluma State Forest (in Paluma) and Mercer Lane Mosaic (in Ingham). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, go for a walk through Castle Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek, and admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online vacation planner.

Getting from Mackay to Townsville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mena Creek.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Mena Creek

— 1 night
On the 4th (Mon), walk around Paronella Park and then do a tasting at Murdering Point Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mena Creek trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Townsville to Mena Creek in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Mena Creek

Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 3 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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker.

Traveling by car from Mena Creek to Port Douglas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cooktown

— 2 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): walk around Cooktown Botanical Gardens, then get great views at Grassy Hill, then stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, surround yourself with nature on Great Northern Tours, then stroll through Keating's Lagoon, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cooktown trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Herberton.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Herberton

— 2 nights
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 11th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton and then take some stellar pictures from Millaa Millaa Lookout.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Herberton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Herberton takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Herberton

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Bowen

— 2 nights
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Hydeaway Bay Beach (in Hydeaway Bay) and Crocodile Safari (in Proserpine). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay, get engrossed in the history at Bowen Historical Society and Museum, don't miss a visit to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Bay.

Planning Bowen trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Herberton to Bowen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Bowen, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackay

— 1 night
To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackay day trip website.

Drive from Bowen to Mackay in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gin Gin.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks · Theme Parks

Gin Gin

— 1 day
Gin Gin is a small town and rural locality in the Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia.It is located on the Bruce Highway, approximately 51km west of Bundaberg and 370km north-west of Brisbane, the state capital. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Wonbah Estate Vineyards & Winery and then take an in-depth tour of Gin Gin Historical Village.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gin Gin trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Gin Gin. Traveling from Mackay in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Gin Gin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Gin Gin

Wineries · Museums

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.