22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 1 night
2
Morpeth
— 1 night
3
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
4
Grafton
— 3 nights
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 1 night
7
Maryborough
— 1 night
8
Rockhampton
— 1 day
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Mackay
— 1 day
10
Townsville
— 1 night
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
12
Cairns
— 4 nights
13
Cooktown
— 1 day

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
On the 3rd (Thu), go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. In January, Sydney is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Morpeth.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Morpeth

Morpeth ©
Morpeth is a suburb of the city of Maitland in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Morpeth Gallery, see the interesting displays at Morpeth Museum, then contemplate the long history of Maitland Gaol, and finally browse the exhibits of Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Morpeth online attractions planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Morpeth in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Morpeth are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Morpeth

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

East Maitland, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Morpeth Museum ©
Morpeth Museum
Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol
Maitland Regional Art Gallery ©
Maitland Regional Art Gallery

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), trek along Coastal walk, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie route planning site.

Traveling by car from Morpeth to Port Macquarie takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Morpeth in January: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grafton.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

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Grafton

Grafton ©
The city of Grafton is the seat of Local Government, the Federal and State Government administrative centre, and the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. Attractions like Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and The Big Banana Fun Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pippi Beach and Diggers Beach. Explore Grafton's surroundings by going to Spooky Beach (in Angourie), Turners Beach (in Yamba) and Coffs Harbour (South Solitary Island & Solitary Islands Coastal Walk). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grafton holiday builder site.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Grafton in 3 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Grafton, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Grafton

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour, Yamba, Spooky Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast road trip planning app.

Getting from Grafton to Gold Coast by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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 11th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then stroll through Moffat Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Bond Store Museum, then examine the collection at Maryborough Family Heritage Institute, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort.

To find out how to plan a trip to Maryborough, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maryborough takes 3.5 hours. January in Maryborough sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort
Highlights from your plan
Maryborough Family Heritage Institute ©
Maryborough Family Heritage Institute
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort

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day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a splash at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton travel route planner.

Getting from Maryborough to Rockhampton by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Capricorn Caves
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre ©
2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre

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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. On the 14th (Mon), stop by Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space), stroll around Gooseponds, then enjoy the sand and surf at Harbour Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

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You can fly from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. January in Mackay sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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Townsville

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 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Mackay to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

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Mission Beach

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 16th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, take an in-depth tour of Australian Sugar Industry Museum, and then stroll through Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Djiru National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach route maker website.

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Murdering Point Winery, Mission Beach, Australian Sugar Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Djiru National Park ©
Djiru National Park
Australian Sugar Industry Museum ©
Australian Sugar Industry Museum

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Cairns

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.
Historic Village Herberton and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Cove Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, Safaris, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Historic Village Herberton
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Grassy Hill, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then get a dose of the wild on Great Northern Tours, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Finch Bay.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cooktown trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cairns to Cooktown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cooktown

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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