56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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56 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Dalby
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Roma
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Emerald
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Karumba
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Mission Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Atherton
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cooktown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Mackay
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Buderim
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Dalby

Dalby ©
Dalby is a town and locality in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Dalby: Kingaroy (Kingsley Grove Estate, Crane Wines, & more), Roy Emmerson Museum (in Blackbutt) and Bunya Mountains National Park (in Bunya Mountains). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Miles Historical Village Museum, explore the striking landscape of Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, learn about all things military at Dalby Pioneer Park Museum, and get lost in a book at Dalby Library.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dalby online visit planner .

Brisbane to Dalby is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Brisbane in August since evenings lows in Dalby dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Roma.

Things to do in Dalby

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kingaroy, Roy Emmerson Museum, Miles Historical Village Museum, Bunya Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bunya Mountains National Park ©
Bunya Mountains National Park
Miles Historical Village Museum ©
Miles Historical Village Museum
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park ©
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park

2
nights
Roma

Roma ©
Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to The Big Rig, do a tasting at Romavilla Winery, don't miss a visit to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree, then get to know the fascinating history of Roma War Memorial Heroes Avenue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church Roma. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Calico Cottage Crafts.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Roma trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Dalby to Roma by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Roma

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calico Cottage Crafts
Highlights from your plan
Romavilla Winery ©
Romavilla Winery
St Paul's Anglican Church Roma ©
St Paul's Anglican Church Roma
The Big Rig ©
The Big Rig

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Emerald: Clermont (The Stump Flood Memorial & Hoods Lagoon), Rubyvale (Miners Heritage & Rubyvale Observatory) and Old Rainworth Fort (in Springsure). Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Blackdown Tableland National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanic Gardens, walk around Vicki Peters Park, steep yourself in history at Emerald Train Station, and browse the different shops at The Plaza @ Emerald.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Emerald fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Roma to Emerald takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Emerald are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Emerald

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Clermont, Rubyvale, Blackdown Tableland National Park, Old Rainworth Fort
Highlights from your plan
Blackdown Tableland National Park ©
Blackdown Tableland National Park
Botanic Gardens ©
Botanic Gardens
The Plaza @ Emerald ©
The Plaza @ Emerald

3
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Get out of town with these interesting Longreach side-trips: Barcaldine (Australian Workers Heritage Centre & Tree of Knowledge Memorial). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, make a trip to Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout, and steep yourself in history at Longreach Powerhouse Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Longreach trip planning site .

Getting from Emerald to Longreach by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daytime highs in Longreach are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Karumba.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Longreach
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Karumba

Karumba is a town and locality in the Shire of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Karumba side-trips: Normanton (Mutton Hole Wetlands Conservation Park, Bynoe Arts Centre, & more). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, make a splash at Karumba swimming pool, stop by Midnight Emporium, and make a trip to Karumba Barramundi Discovery Centre.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Karumba tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Longreach to Karumba in 11 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Longreach in September; daily highs in Karumba reach 39°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Karumba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Normanton
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Karumba Barramundi Discovery Centre ©

5
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Douglas) and Cardwell (Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station & Hinchinbrook Island). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Broadwater National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Paronella Park, admire the sheer force of Wallaman Falls, stop by The Pocket, and view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Karumba to Mission Beach takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Atherton.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Ingham, Cardwell, The Pocket, Golden Gumboot, Paronella Park
Highlights from your plan
Paronella Park ©
Paronella Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

4
nights
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Atherton is known for museums, nature, parks, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, browse the fresh offerings at Humpy Nut World, walk around Hallorans Hill Regional Park, and admire the sheer force of Nandroya Falls.

Plan a Atherton trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Atherton takes 2 hours. In September in Atherton, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tolga
Highlights from your plan
Hasties Swamp National Park ©
Hasties Swamp National Park
Nandroya Falls ©
Nandroya Falls
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

4
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Change things up with a short trip to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Trevethan Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cooktown day trip planning website .

You can drive from Atherton to Cooktown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bloomfield Waterfall, Black Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

9
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Ngarru Gallery, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Mossman Saturday Market (in Mossman) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Cooktown to Cairns in 4.5 hours. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Mossman Saturday Market
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Hamilton Island (Passage Peak, Jetryder, & more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in September: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackay: Eungella (Broken River & Eungella National Park) and Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Mango Avenue, take in the exciting artwork at Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space), stroll through Town Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Orchid Display House.

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

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mackay by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Mackay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Buderim.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eungella, Finch Hatton Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Eungella National Park ©
Eungella National Park
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Orchid Display House ©
Orchid Display House

6
nights
Buderim

Buderim ©
Buderim is an urban centre on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Buderim side-trips: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, get great views at Gerrards Lookout, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buderim travel route builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Buderim. Traveling from Mackay in October, things will get a bit cooler in Buderim: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Buderim

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny, Montville, Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), Mount Ninderry
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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