21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Mackay
— 1 night
Drive
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
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Gladstone
— 1 night
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Agnes Water
— 1 night
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
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Noosa
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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Newcastle
— 1 night
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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 3rd (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery. On your second day here, stop by Annie's at the Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Hiking Trail
Esplanade Boardwalk
4.7

1
night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Golden Gumboot, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then browse the exhibits of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Mission Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mission Beach driving holiday app.

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
5.0

1
night
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
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World heritage site
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6
The Strand ©
Beach
The Strand
4.8

1
night
Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Sat), look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach day trip tool.

You can drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
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Must see
Speed Boats Tours
4.7
Beach Book Boutique ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Beach Book Boutique
4.3

1
night
Mackay

Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 8th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space), don't miss a visit to The Leichhardt Tree, then get great views at Lamberts Beach Lookout, and finally cruise along Mango Avenue.

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Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Mackay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mackay

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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Rockhampton

With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 9th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, and then get to know the resident critters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rockhampton trip planner.

Fly from Mackay to Rockhampton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gladstone.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Capricorn Caves ©
Wildlife Area
Capricorn Caves
4.6

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Tue), stroll around Spinnaker Park, let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park, get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, then get engrossed in the history at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Round Hill Lookout.

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Getting from Rockhampton to Gladstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Agnes Water

Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, then kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Paperbark Forest Walk, and finally sample the fine beverages at 1770 Distillery.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Agnes Water day trip planning website.

You can drive from Gladstone to Agnes Water in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
5.0

1
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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Harbour Gift Gallery, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planning app.

You can drive from Agnes Water to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Highlights from your trip
The Pier ©
Pier / Boardwalk
The Pier
4.6
Harbour Gift Gallery ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Harbour Gift Gallery
4.3

1
night
Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Noosa day trip tool.

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
Noosa National Park ©
National Park
Noosa National Park
4.8

2
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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 14th (Sat), stroll around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip

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Gold Coast

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your trip
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
Observation Deck
SkyPoint Observation Deck
4.3

1
night
Byron Bay

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 17th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Craig Parry Photography, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally get outside with Getaway Girls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Byron Bay itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Cape Byron Walking Track
Hiking Trail
Cape Byron Walking Track
4.8

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Coffs Harbour Jetty, then kick back and relax at Park Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Byron Bay in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
The Boardwalk ©
Pier / Boardwalk
The Boardwalk
4.8

1
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Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): trek along Coastal walk, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie online travel planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in November, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
Coastal walk ©
Hiking Trail
Coastal walk
4.9
Koala Hospital ©
Wildlife Area
Koala Hospital
4.7

1
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Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Scratchley, go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, then don't miss a visit to Shepherds Hill Fort, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in November: highs in Newcastle hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.6
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Scenic Walking Area
Newcastle Memorial Walk
4.8
Fort Scratchley ©
Military Facility
Fort Scratchley
4.6

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