49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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Jerilderie
— 1 night
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Cobar
— 1 night
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Cunnamulla
— 1 night
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Barcaldine
— 1 night
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Longreach
— 4 nights
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Mount Isa
— 2 nights
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Normanton
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
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Nelson Bay
— 1 night
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Narooma
— 3 nights
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Merimbula
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Jerilderie

— 1 night
Jerilderie is a town in the southern Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll around Memorial Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jerilderie Historic Residence, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ned Kelly Blacksmith's Shop.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jerilderie online trip planner.

Melbourne to Jerilderie is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Cobar.

Things to do in Jerilderie

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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Cobar

— 1 night
Cobar is a town in central western New South Wales, Australia. On the 4th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Fort Bourke Hill Lookout, Peak Gold Mines and then take an in-depth tour of Great Cobar Heritage Centre.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cobar trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Jerilderie to Cobar in 5.5 hours. In October in Cobar, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cunnamulla.

Things to do in Cobar

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Cunnamulla

— 1 night
Cunnamulla is a small town that lies on the Warrego River in South West Queensland, Australia, 206km south of Charleville, and approximately 750km west of the state capital, Brisbane.Cunnamulla is situated at the intersection of the Mitchell Highway and the Balonne Highway. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Matilda Highway, explore the world behind art at Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum, and then make a trip to Cunnamulla Railway Station.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cunnamulla trip site.

Drive from Cobar to Cunnamulla in 4.5 hours. You will leave for Barcaldine on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Cunnamulla

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Barcaldine

— 1 night
Barcaldine is a small town and locality in the Barcaldine Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcaldine trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cunnamulla to Barcaldine in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Longreach.

Things to do in Barcaldine

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Longreach

— 4 nights
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Longreach is known for museums, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, head outdoors with Spirit of the Outback, view the masterpieces at Outback Pics, and take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Longreach vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Barcaldine to Longreach in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Isa.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Mount Isa

— 2 nights
Mount Isa is a city in the Gulf Country region of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get outside with Lake Moondarra. On the next day, go deep underground at Hard Times Mine, then examine the collection at Outback at Isa, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Isa City Lookout.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Isa trip planner.

You can drive from Longreach to Mount Isa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October in Mount Isa, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Normanton.

Things to do in Mount Isa

Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Normanton

— 3 nights
Normanton is a small cattle town and locality in the Shire of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Bynoe Arts Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Mutton Hole Wetlands Conservation Park, then don't miss a visit to Krys the Crocodile, and finally get outside with Kerry D Charters.

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You can drive from Mount Isa to Normanton in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mount Isa in October, Normanton is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Normanton

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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: Annie's at the Beach (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Normanton to Cairns with the Route module. Traveling from Normanton in October, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Townsville

— 2 nights
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 (Tue), steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then explore the galleries of Museum of Tropical Queensland, then view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and finally make a trip to Riverway.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Townsville visit planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the next day, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in October, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre and then meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rockhampton, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rockhampton, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. You will leave for Hervey Bay on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Rockhampton

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Hervey Bay

— 2 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Pier.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Hervey Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rockhampton in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Hervey Bay, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Maleny (Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World & McCarthy's Lookout), Flame Hill Vineyard (in Montville) and Tina Cooper Gallery (in Eumundi). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Noosa online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Byron Bay

— 3 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, then stroll through Belongil Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip app.

Drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Explore Coffs Harbour's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional de Dorrigo (in Dorrigo) and Sweet Bellingen (in Bellingen). The adventure continues: get great views at Forest Sky Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, and head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip website.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Byron Bay in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Port Macquarie

— 3 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Spend the 9th (Mon) in the animal kingdom at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax in the rural setting at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, and stroll around Mrs York's Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip builder.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in November: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Nelson Bay

— 1 night
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout, kick back and relax at Bagnalls Beach Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nelson Bay trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Port Macquarie in November, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Nelson Bay: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Narooma.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

Narooma

— 3 nights
Narooma is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales on the far south coast. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Blue Pool, then stop by Reva at Tilba, then don't miss a visit to Central Tilba Village, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mogo Wildlife Park, try for a hole-in-one at Batemans Bay Mini Golf, and then get great views at Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Narooma tour planning site.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Narooma in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nelson Bay in November, expect Narooma to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 13°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Merimbula.

Things to do in Narooma

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:

Merimbula

— 7 nights
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merimbula: Eden (Ben Boyd Tower & Green Cape Lighthouse) and Tathra Beach (in Tathra). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the natural beauty at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, see the interesting displays at Killer Whale Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Ford Park Playground.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Merimbula itinerary maker.

You can drive from Narooma to Merimbula in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Merimbula can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Merimbula

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 20:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.

Port Stephens travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wildlife Areas · Landmarks