47 days in Australia Itinerary

47 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Seventeen Seventy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 45 min
7
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Beerwah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Toowoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Nimbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Yamba
— 1 day
Drive:  7 h
13
Sydney
— 10 nights
Drive:  2 h
14
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
15
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
16
North Haven
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
17
Laurieton
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
18
Kendall
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
19
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
End: Byron Bay

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Cairns. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, then browse the exhibits of Pinnacles Gallery, then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, and finally stroll through The Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then take a memorable tour with Airlie Boat Hire.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation tool.

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Airlie Boat Hire ©
Airlie Boat Hire

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nights
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 12th (Wed): look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, stroll through Town Beach, then kick back and relax at Harbour Beach, and finally stroll around Gooseponds. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Melba House and then kick back and relax at Smalleys Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mackay online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mackay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Smalleys Beach, Melba House
Highlights from your plan
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy ©
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Agnes Water Main Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Paperbark Forest Walk, take an in-depth tour of Agnes Water Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally travel in style at Kent Barton Art Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seventeen Seventy itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Mackay to Seventeen Seventy in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Seventeen Seventy can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Agnes Water
Highlights from your plan
Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary
Agnes Water Museum ©
Agnes Water Museum
Kent Barton Art Gallery ©
Kent Barton Art Gallery

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Burrum Heads Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest. Take a break from Fraser Island with a short trip to Mary Ann Steam Locomotive in Maryborough, about 3h 15 min away.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Seventeen Seventy to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, Burrum Heads Beach
Highlights from your plan
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Everglades, make a trip to Hastings Street, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

Start your trip to Noosa by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beerwah.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

1
night
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Queensland Air Museum, identify plant and animal life at Buderim Forest Park, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beerwah itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Beerwah in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Beerwah can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Queensland Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

2
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Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church, contemplate the long history of Spring Bluff, then take an in-depth tour of Highfields Pioneer Village, and finally look for gifts at Grand Central Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Tosari Galleries, then tour or see a show at Preston Peak Winery Function Centre, and then examine the collection at DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Toowoomba trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Beerwah to Toowoomba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Beerwah in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Toowoomba, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Highfields, Preston Peak Winery Function Centre
Highlights from your plan
DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum ©
DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum
Spring Bluff ©
Spring Bluff
Highfields Pioneer Village ©
Highfields Pioneer Village

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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.
Visit Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse for their historical value. Let the collections at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective and Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh), Tugun Beach (in Tugun) and Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Coolangatta Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Toowoomba to Byron Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nimbin.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Ballina, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach

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Nimbin

Nimbin ©
Nimbin is a village in the Northern Rivers area of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 30km north of Lismore, 33km northeast of Kyogle, and 70km west of Byron Bay.Nimbin is notable for the prominence of its environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture. On the 26th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Nimbin Craft Galler. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah, then hike along Mount Warning Summit Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Nimbin Rocks.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nimbin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Byron Bay to Nimbin in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Yamba.

Things to do in Nimbin

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mount Warning Summit Trail, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah, Lismore Regional Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah ©
Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral ©
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
Lismore Regional Gallery ©
Lismore Regional Gallery

1
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Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd and then kick back and relax at Spooky Beach.

Before you visit Yamba, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Nimbin to Yamba takes 2 hours. December in Yamba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Yamba

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spooky Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd ©
Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Bondi Beach. The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The Nook (in Leura), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Bowral (Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame & The Milk Factory Gallery and Exhibition Space). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yamba to Sydney. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Berrima, Mosman, Bowral, Shelly Beach, The Nook
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Caves Beach and then kick back and relax at Catherine Hill Bay Beach. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Redhead Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newcastle Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle route website.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Redhead Beach, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery ©
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Fingal Bay Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zenith Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tomaree National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nelson Bay trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Newcastle to Nelson Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to North Haven.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fingal Bay, Zenith Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve ©
Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve
Tomaree National Park ©
Tomaree National Park

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North Haven

North Haven ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Crystalline Pottery, enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Beach, and then stroll through North Haven Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read North Haven visit planner.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to North Haven in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Nelson Bay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in North Haven, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Laurieton.

Things to do in North Haven

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Crystalline Pottery, Pilot Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Crystalline Pottery ©
Crystalline Pottery

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Laurieton

Laurieton
Laurieton is a coastal town on the Mid North Coast of the Australian state of New South Wales. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain and then explore the activities along Queens Lake Walking Track.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Laurieton online road trip planner.

Laurieton is just a short distance from North Haven. In January, daily temperatures in Laurieton can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kendall.

Things to do in Laurieton

Parks Nature Trails

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Kendall

Kendall
Kendall is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.HistoryKendall was originally named Camden Heads, as it is located on the Camden Haven River. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, then take an in-depth tour of Manning Valley Historical Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Wingham Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Saltwater National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kendall trip itinerary planner.

Kendall is very close to Laurieton. In January, daily temperatures in Kendall can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Kendall

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Wingham, Saltwater National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wingham Brush Nature Reserve
Wingham Brush Nature Reserve

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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 17th (Thu), examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and finally walk around Rocks Ferry Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Macquarie travel planning site.

Port Macquarie is very close to Kendall. In January, daily temperatures in Port Macquarie can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Wauchope
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

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