49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Lightning Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Surat
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Carnarvon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Emerald
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Mackay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Townsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Paluma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Tully
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Mena Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Malanda
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Atherton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
15
Normanton
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
16
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
17
Cloncurry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
18
Winton
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
19
Blackall
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
20
Morven
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
21
Moree
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
22
Captains Flat
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. On the 27th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Amigos Castle and then examine the collection at The Bottle House Mining Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lightning Ridge tour itinerary planner .

Sydney to Lightning Ridge is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Surat.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Museums Parks Golf

Side Trip

Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd
Highlights from your plan
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand

1
night
Surat

Surat ©
Surat is a small rural town on the Balonne River, approximately 75km south of Roma on the Carnarvon Highway in South West Queensland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Cobb & Co Changing Station.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Surat tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Lightning Ridge to Surat in 4 hours. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carnarvon National Park.

Things to do in Surat

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cobb & Co Changing Station ©
Cobb & Co Changing Station

1
night
Carnarvon National Park

Carnarvon National Park
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Carnarvon Gorge.

Planning Carnarvon National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Surat to Carnarvon National Park in 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Carnarvon National Park

Parks Nature

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Emerald

Emerald ©
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): browse the exhibits of Emerald Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Emerald Train Station, then admire the engineering at Fairbairn Dam, and finally cool off at Emerald Aquatic Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Emerald sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Carnarvon National Park to Emerald in 9.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Emerald are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Emerald

Theme Parks Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Train Station ©
Emerald Train Station

4
nights
Mackay

Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Broken River and Gooseponds. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackay: Airlie Beach (Scuba & Snorkeling & Conway National Park), Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton) and Proserpine Museum (in Proserpine). There's still lots to do: get great views at Lamberts Lookout and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mackay General Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mackay online tour planner .

You can drive from Emerald to Mackay in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Emerald in July, Mackay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Airlie Beach, Finch Hatton Gorge, Broken River, Proserpine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge
Conway National Park ©
Conway National 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Tropical Queensland and Copperfield Gorge. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, browse the exhibits of Pinnacles Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Townsville. In July, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paluma.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Copperfield Gorge, Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park ©

1
night
Paluma

Paluma ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Paluma State Forest and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paluma Range National Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paluma holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Townsville to Paluma takes 1.5 hours. July in Paluma sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tully.

Things to do in Paluma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Paluma Range National Park
Highlights from your plan
Paluma Range National Park ©
Paluma Range National Park

2
nights
Tully

Tully ©
Tully is a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Tully Gorge National Park, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Attie Creek Falls and then hike along Kennedy Walking Track.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tully trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Paluma to Tully in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mena Creek.

Things to do in Tully

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mission Beach, Attie Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Tully Gorge National Park ©
Tully Gorge National Park
Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track

2
nights
Mena Creek

Mena Creek ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Eubenangee Swamp National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Innisfail Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Australian Sugar Industry Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrimine Beach National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mena Creek planning site .

You can drive from Tully to Mena Creek in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Mena Creek can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Malanda.

Things to do in Mena Creek

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Innisfail Temple, Kurrimine Beach National Park, Eubenangee Swamp National Park
Highlights from your plan
Eubenangee Swamp National Park ©
Eubenangee Swamp National Park
Kurrimine Beach National Park ©
Kurrimine Beach National Park

3
nights
Malanda

Malanda ©
Malanda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park and Wooroonooran National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malanda: Millaa Millaa Lookout (in Millaa Millaa) and Tully Falls National Park (in Ravenshoe). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Millaa Millaa Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Bromfield Swamp, view the masterpieces at Full Circle Studio and Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Zillie Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Malanda itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mena Creek to Malanda in 1.5 hours. July in Malanda sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Atherton.

Things to do in Malanda

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa, Wooroonooran National Park, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park, Full Circle Studio and Gallery, Tully Falls National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park ©
Millaa Millaa Falls ©
Millaa Millaa Falls
Tully Falls National Park ©
Tully Falls National Park

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night
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Tolga Historical Society and Museum, trek along Mount Bartle Frere, and then admire the sheer force of Nandroya Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Atherton trip itinerary planning tool .

Atherton is just a short distance from Malanda. In July, daily temperatures in Atherton can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Tolga Historical Society and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nandroya Falls ©
Nandroya Falls
Mount Bartle Frere ©
Mount Bartle Frere
Tolga Historical Society and Museum ©

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Finch Bay, then look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Cook National Park.

Planning Cooktown trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Atherton to Cooktown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Mount Cook National Park ©
Mount Cook National Park

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thornton Beach and Dubuji Boardwalk. Kids will appreciate attractions like Daintree Discovery Centre and Cape Tribulation Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Four Mile Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Opal Reef and Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Normanton.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Normanton

Normanton ©
Normanton is a small cattle town and locality in the Shire of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia. On the 27th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Mutton Hole Wetlands Conservation Park, then don't miss a visit to Krys the Crocodile, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bynoe Arts Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Normanton tour site .

Explore your travel options from Port Douglas to Normanton with the Route module. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, you will find days in Normanton are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Normanton

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mutton Hole Wetlands Conservation Park ©

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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 Palm Cove Beach and Nudey Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Red Arrow Walk and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Wrights Lookout in Kuranda (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns planner .

Explore your travel options from Normanton to Cairns with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Normanton in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cloncurry.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Red Arrow Walk, Wrights Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Cloncurry

Cloncurry ©
Cloncurry is a town and locality in the Shire of Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Burke&Wills Monument. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Dr David Harvey-Sutton Gallery, explore the galleries of John Flynn Place Museum & Fred McKay Art Gallery, and then examine the collection at Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cloncurry travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Cloncurry with the Route module. Traveling from Cairns in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cloncurry, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Winton.

Things to do in Cloncurry

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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Winton

Winton ©
Winton is a town and locality in the Shire of Winton in Central West Queensland, Australia. On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Australian Age of Dinosaurs, examine the collection at Waltzing Matilda Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Qantilda Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Corfield & Fitzmaurice General Merchants and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bladensburg National Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Winton trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cloncurry to Winton takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Blackall.

Things to do in Winton

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Australian Age of Dinosaurs ©
Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Waltzing Matilda Centre ©
Waltzing Matilda Centre

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Blackall

Blackall ©
Blackall is a small town and rural locality in the Blackall-Tambo Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Blackall Woolscour.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Blackall tour website .

Drive from Winton to Blackall in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Morven.

Things to do in Blackall

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Blackall Woolscour ©
Blackall Woolscour
Blackall Aquatic Centre ©
Blackall Aquatic Centre
The Black Stump ©
The Black Stump

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Morven

Morven ©
Morven is a town in South West Queensland in Shire of Murweh, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tregole National Park.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Morven trip maker site .

Drive from Blackall to Morven in 3.5 hours. On the 10th (Mon), you're off toMoree.

Things to do in Morven

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tregole National Park ©
Tregole National Park

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Moree

Moree ©
Moree is a large town in Moree Plains Shire in northern New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Waa Gorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moree road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Morven to Moree takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Moree, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Captains Flat.

Things to do in Moree

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Waa Gorge ©
Waa Gorge

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Captains Flat

Captains Flat
Captains Flat is a town in the Southern Tablelands of rural New South Wales, Australia, in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. On the 13th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tallaganda National Park, New South Wales, Australia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bede's Parish.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Captains Flat itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Moree to Captains Flat. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Moree in August; daily highs in Captains Flat reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Captains Flat

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pooh Bear's Corner, St. Bede's Parish

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