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
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Mackay
— 1 night
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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), observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery. On the next day, stop by Annie's at the Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Hiking Trail
Esplanade Boardwalk
4.7

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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): take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach travel route planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
5.0

1
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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 6th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Townsville online route builder.

Getting from Mission Beach to Townsville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Townsville are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

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

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beach Book Boutique
4.3

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Mackay

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

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mackay online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Mackay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mackay

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

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 9th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, and then admire the natural beauty at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mackay to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gladstone.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Wildlife Area
Capricorn Caves
4.6

1
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Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Spinnaker Park, let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park, take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Round Hill Lookout.

For ratings and tourist information, read Gladstone online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Gladstone takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Gladstone

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

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Agnes Water

On the 11th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach, then go for a walk through Paperbark Forest Walk, and finally sample the fine beverages at 1770 Distillery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Agnes Water visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Agnes Water takes 2 hours. November in Agnes Water sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 12th (Thu), look for gifts at Harbour Gift Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to The Pier.

Plan my trip to Hervey Bay with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

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 in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

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

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Noosa Main Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noosa online route planner.

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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National Park
Noosa National Park
4.8

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Brisbane

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 take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip app.

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip

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Gold Coast

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.
On the 16th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Observation Deck
SkyPoint Observation Deck
4.3

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Byron Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Craig Parry Photography, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally get outside with Getaway Girls.

Plan a trip to Byron Bay easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

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

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Coffs Harbour

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): explore the activities along Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk, then take a leisurely stroll along Coffs Harbour Jetty, then stroll through Park Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Diggers Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Coffs Harbour using our trip planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Byron Bay in November: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Pier / Boardwalk
The Boardwalk
4.8

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Port Macquarie

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, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Macquarie journey website.

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, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (20°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 · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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Hiking Trail
Coastal walk
4.9
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Wildlife Area
Koala Hospital
4.7

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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.
On the 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Nobbys Head, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Scratchley, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, then don't miss a visit to Shepherds Hill Fort, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle road 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. Traveling from Port Macquarie in November, you will find days in Newcastle are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can 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
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Scenic Walking Area
Newcastle Memorial Walk
4.8
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Military Facility
Fort Scratchley
4.6

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