16 days in Townsville, Airlie Beach & Hervey Bay Itinerary

16 days in Townsville, Airlie Beach & Hervey Bay Itinerary

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16 days in Townsville, Airlie Beach & Hervey Bay Itinerary

Start: Townsville
1
Townsville
— 9 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Townsville

9
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jezzine Barracks and Paluma State Forest. Explore Townsville's surroundings by going to Ingham (Broadwater National Park & TYTO Wetlands). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland, admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville, view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Townsville. December in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ingham, Alligator Creek, Copperfield Gorge, Paluma State Forest, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Riverway ©
Riverway

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 9th (Sat): stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a splash at Airlie Aqua Park, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Central Station Rainforest and Wanggoolba Creek. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall, and take an in-depth tour of Customs House Interpretive Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 24°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Maryborough, Fraser Island
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Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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