43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wangaratta
Drive:  44​h
1
Coober Pedy
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Alice Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Tennant Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 15​min
4
Palm Cove
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Mission Beach
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Townsville
— 8 nights
Bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Wangaratta

4
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Serbian Orthodox Church and The Big Miner. Get in touch with nature at Breakaways Conservation Park and Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church, examine the collection at Faye's Underground Home, make a trip to Dog Fence, and look for gifts at Seven Stones Designer Jewellers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Coober Pedy attractions planner.

Wangaratta to Coober Pedy is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Wangaratta in July; daily highs in Coober Pedy reach 21°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

6
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Take a break from the city and head to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Flynn Memorial Uniting Church. Go for a jaunt from Alice Springs to West MacDonnell National Park to see Standley Chasm Angkerle about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Owen Springs Reserve.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs holiday planning app .

You can drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Coober Pedy in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Alice Springs, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Standley Chasm Angkerle
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

2
nights
Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek ©
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Mary Ann, then wander the wide-open spaces of Kelly's Ranch, and then appreciate the history behind John Flynn Memorial Obelisk.

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Traveling by car from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Alice Springs in July, with highs in Tennant Creek at 29°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mary Ann ©
Lake Mary Ann

7
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Trinity Beach. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Barron Falls, & more) and Crystal Cascades (in Redlynch). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get great views at Earl Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barron Gorge National Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Macalister Brewing Company.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Cove vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Tennant Creek to Palm Cove takes 22 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Palm Cove when traveling from Tennant Creek in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Mareeba, Smithfield, Cairns Region
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

6
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Get outdoors at Hinchinbrook Island and Etty Bay. Explore Mission Beach's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Douglas), Millaa Millaa (Millaa Millaa Falls & Zillie Falls) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, admire the sheer force of Wallaman Falls, walk around Paronella Park, and steep yourself in history at Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Mission Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Cove to Mission Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cardwell, Innisfail, Millaa Millaa, Golden Gumboot, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

8
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.
Visit Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre and St James Cathedral for their historical value. Visiting The Strand and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Townsville: Paluma State Forest (in Paluma), Charters Towers (The Miner's Cottage & Stock Exchange Arcade) and Ingham (TYTO Wetlands & Jourama Falls). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Townsville online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Charters Towers, Ingham, Paluma State Forest, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

6
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Grays Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Bowen (Horseshoe Bay & Queens Beach), Hydeaway Bay Beach (in Hydeaway Bay) and Hamilton Island (Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island Golf Club, & more). And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Hamilton Island, Hydeaway Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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