14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cape Hillsborough
1
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
drive:  1​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Mission Beach
— 1 night
drive:  3​h
8
Townsville
— 1 night
drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Arcadia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Gladstone

1
night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hillsborough National Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape Hillsborough journey maker .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cape Hillsborough. June in Cape Hillsborough sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Parks Nature
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Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

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 30th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Into The Blue Gallery, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach vacation planner.

You can drive from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Cape Hillsborough in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get outside with Jetryder.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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night
Port Douglas

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.
On the 4th (Sat), get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stop by With Sugar. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Mission Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mission Beach attractions site .

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Adventure Tours Parks

Side Trip

Golden Gumboot
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, then explore the galleries of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Townsville online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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night
Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at West Point, then browse the exhibits of Magnetic Island Museum, then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Arcadia trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Arcadia. In July, daily temperatures in Arcadia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arcadia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Magnetic Island, West Point
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

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