21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Koorana Crocodile Farm, identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Kershaw Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village and then examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton online route planner.

Brisbane to Rockhampton is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in November, you will find days in Rockhampton are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mackay

— 1 night
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 19th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Artspace Mackay, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail, and then browse the different shops at Caneland Central Shopping Centre.

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Getting from Rockhampton to Mackay by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In November in Mackay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Townsville: Paluma State Forest (in Paluma) and Mercer Lane Mosaic (in Ingham). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Mackay to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mena Creek.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Mena Creek

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Murdering Point Winery as well as Paronella Park. On the 24th (Tue), walk around Paronella Park and then learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mena Creek visit planner.

You can drive from Townsville to Mena Creek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Mena Creek can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 25th (Wed).

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. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip builder.

You can drive from Mena Creek to Port Douglas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to 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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Cooktown Botanical Gardens, then visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, then walk around Cooktown War Memorial, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, surround yourself with nature on Great Northern Tours, then trek along Keating's Lagoon, and finally explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cooktown trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cooktown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) 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 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton and then get great views at Millaa Millaa Lookout.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Herberton visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Herberton takes 4 hours. In November in Herberton, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time 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, look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Bay, make a trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, and appreciate the history behind The Big Mango.

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You can drive from Herberton to Bowen in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackay

— 1 night
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mackay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bowen to Mackay in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) 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. On the 6th (Sun), do a tasting at Wonbah Estate Vineyards & Winery and then take an in-depth tour of Gin Gin Historical Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gin Gin itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Gin Gin. Traveling from Mackay in December, Gin Gin is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) 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.