21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Yeppoon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  9​h
End: Cairns

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey builder tool .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 12th (Wed), kick back and relax at Mission Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the next day, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, then get great views at Mamu Tropical Skywalk, and then get engrossed in the history at Australian Sugar Industry Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach road trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Murdering Point Winery, Australian Sugar Industry Museum
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Skydiving
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip site .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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 17th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Discover how to plan a Airlie Beach trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): meet the residents at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Yeppoon Main Beach, then ponder the design of Keppel Kraken, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Farnborough Beach. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koorana Crocodile Farm, make a trip to Singing Ship, then see the interesting displays at Shell World Yeppoon, and finally take some stellar pictures from Wreck Point Scenic Lookout.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yeppoon trip planning app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Yeppoon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yeppoon, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Singing Ship, Koorana Crocodile Farm
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Shell World Yeppoon ©
Shell World Yeppoon
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 21st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, cool off at WetSide Water Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Yeppoon to Hervey Bay with the Route module. When traveling from Yeppoon in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Hervey Bay, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at GOMA, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Pilot Beach, then learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Black Duck Brewery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie vacation maker app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Port Macquarie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pilot Beach, Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Fighter World, then enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle day trip app .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, expect nights in Newcastle to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fighter World, Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, Tomaree Head
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Fighter World ©
Fighter World

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nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
On the 29th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Leogate Estate Wines, then learn about winemaking at Hope Estate, then do a tasting at Scarborough Wine Co, and finally do a tasting at Waverley Estate. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines, then do a tasting at Harkham Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin road trip website .

You can drive from Newcastle to Pokolbin in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Pokolbin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines

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