45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dunedin
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Bundaberg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Rockhampton
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
7
Mackay
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
8
Townsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Mission Beach
— 4 nights
10
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Cairns
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  10 h 45 min
End: Dunedin

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queens Park and Mount French National Park. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at D'Aguilar National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), take in the views from Goodwill Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday maker app .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Queens Park, Mount French National Park
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park ©
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, and then have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Mooloolaba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

McCarthy's Lookout
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): experience rural life at Cooloola Berries, take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens, and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Noosa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooloola Berries, Noosa Botanic Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Cooloola Berries ©
Cooloola Berries
Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park

4
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Deepwater National Park. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, explore the striking landscape of Burrum Coast National Park, admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, and experience rural life at Tinaberries.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg online journey maker .

You can take a train from Noosa to Bundaberg in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Deepwater National Park
Highlights from your plan
Deepwater National Park ©
Deepwater National Park
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

2
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): walk around Lions Park, stroll around Spinnaker Park, then get engrossed in the history at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Round Hill Lookout, then admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, and then let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gladstone online trip builder .

Drive from Bundaberg to Gladstone in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gladstone can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Lions Park
Highlights from your plan
Lions Park ©
Lions Park
Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park

4
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Capricorn Caves and Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rockhampton side-trips: Yeppoon (Yeppoon Lagoon, Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, & more), Byfield National Park (in Byfield) and Anzac Plaza Emu Park (in Emu Park). It doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and pause for some photo ops at Rod Laver.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton online journey maker .

You can drive from Gladstone to Rockhampton in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gladstone in June since evenings lows in Rockhampton dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Anzac Plaza Emu Park, Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, Byfield National Park
Highlights from your plan
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Byfield National Park ©
Byfield National Park

4
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Finch Hatton Gorge and Bucasia Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mackay side-trips: Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough), Airlie Beach (Into The Blue Gallery & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Forest Flying (in Finch Hatton). There's lots more to do: walk around Gooseponds, buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre, get engrossed in the history at Greenmount Homestead, and explore the activities along Pioneer River.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackay holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Airlie Beach, Finch Hatton, Cape Hillsborough National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge

4
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.
Magnetic Island Forts Walk has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Castle Hill and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart, take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, and step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Townsville online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Townsville. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bowling Green Bay National Park, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Highlights from your plan
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

4
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mission Beach and Millstream Falls National Park. Explore Mission Beach's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Douglas), Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station (in Cardwell) and Nandroya Falls (in Atherton). The adventure continues: take the plunge with a skydiving experience and explore the galleries of Helen Wiltshire Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Townsville to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nandroya Falls, Millstream Falls National Park, Fishing Charters & Tours, Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station
Highlights from your plan
Millstream Falls National Park ©
Millstream Falls National Park
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at The Spa Pool. Keep things going the next day: get some jogging in at Kennedy Walking Track, then take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot, and then walk around Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip maker site .

Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Cardwell, Golden Gumboot, The Pocket
Highlights from your plan
Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track
Golden Gumboot ©
Golden Gumboot

8
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and Atherton Tablelands. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas) and The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, and identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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