59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Byron Bay
Drive:  2​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 14 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Townsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 19 nights
End: Cairns

6
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.
Kids will enjoy CC's Croc Connections and Robelle Domain. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Ipswich to see Queens Park about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Byron Bay to Brisbane is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ipswich, Albany Creek Leisure Centre
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Queens Park
Queens Park
Robelle Domain ©
Robelle Domain

7
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Bring the kids along to Australia Zoo and Noosa Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Sea Life Sunshine Coast), Off-Road Tours (in Fraser Island) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, wander the streets of Hastings Street, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Eumundi, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Australia Zoo, Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

7
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Family-friendly places like WetSide Water Park and Dundowran Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits (in Childers) and Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery & Mon Repos Turtle Encounter). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park, take in the waterfront at The Pier, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay road trip app .

You can drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Bundaberg, Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere ©
Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere

2
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 4th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout, then let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, and finally walk around Spinnaker Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Canoe Point Beach and Parklands, then walk around Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Boyne Tannum Turtleway Artscape.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Gladstone trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Gladstone in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Tannum Sands
Highlights from your plan
East Shores Water Park ©
East Shores Water Park
Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park
Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens

14
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.
Bring the kids along to Catseye Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Go-Kart Racing Track, &more), Mackay (Town Beach, Mackay Aqua Park, &more) and Bucasia Beach (in Bucasia). The adventure continues: race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Boathaven Beach, make a splash at Airlie Aqua Park, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Drive from Gladstone to Airlie Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Gladstone in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Mackay, Bowen, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, Smalleys Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park

3
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 20th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally get great views at Mount Stuart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and finally don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

19
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.
Attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas Court House Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Nudey Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and make a splash at Cairns Wake park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Wonga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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