19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Nyngan
— 1 night
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Rockhampton
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Palm Cove
— 10 nights
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Longreach
— 1 night
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Bourke
— 1 night
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Nyngan

— 1 night
Nyngan is a town in the centre of New South Wales, Australia, in the Bogan Shire local government area within the Orana Region of central New South Wales. To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nyngan visit planner.

Beaufort to Nyngan is an approximately 10-hour car ride. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Nyngan

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Rockhampton

— 2 nights
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 10th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village and then get to know the resident critters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nyngan to Rockhampton in 12.5 hours. In January in Rockhampton, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 12th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rockhampton in January, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Palm Cove

— 10 nights
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Cove side-trips: Kuranda (Honey House, Birdworld Kuranda, &more), Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Safaris, &more) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, take some stellar pictures from Glacier Rock Lookout, and view the masterpieces at Village Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Cove day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Palm Cove takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Palm Cove can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Longreach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 24:

Longreach

— 1 night
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Longreach planning app.

You can fly from Palm Cove to Longreach in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Cove in January, you will find days in Longreach are a bit warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). You will leave for Bourke on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Bourke

— 1 night
Bourke is a town in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at Back O'Bourke Visitor Information & Exhibition Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bourke holiday builder.

You can drive from Longreach to Bourke in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Bourke

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.