23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
9
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Cairns
— 3 nights
End: Cairns

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Albert Street Uniting Church, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. September in Brisbane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, then step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, stop by Belmondos Organic Market, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, then don't miss a visit to Hastings Street, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Noosa Regional gallery.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Buderim Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle
Tewantin National Park
Tewantin National Park

3
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, and then visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort. On the next day, kick back and relax at Dundowran Beach, don't miss a visit to Australiana Cottage Crafts, then grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and finally browse the exhibits of Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay journey builder app .

Drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre

1
night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Smalleys Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Hillsborough day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rockhampton to Cape Hillsborough. October in Cape Hillsborough sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Parks Beaches Outdoors

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Visiting Horseshoe Bay and Whitsunday Great Walk will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Proserpine Museum. Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach holiday planning app .

Drive from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. In October in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Proserpine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, then contemplate the long history of Kissing Point Fort, and then trek along Many Peaks Walking Track. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Townsville tour planner.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Townsville are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kissing Point Fort ©
Kissing Point Fort

3
nights
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 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mission Beach, then browse the exhibits of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then stroll through Kennedy Walking Track. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip maker .

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then stroll through Thornton Beach. Keep things going the next day: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Getting from Mission Beach to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Great Northern Tours, Daintree Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. On the next day, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip tool .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Crystal Cascades, Babinda Boulders
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

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