12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  8​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
taxi + train:  1​h 15​min
4
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Yeppoon
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Mission Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Perth


1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane driving holiday planning app .

Perth to Brisbane is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Perth in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noosa online trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 2nd (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos, then stroll through Alexandra Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg driving holiday planner .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Bundaberg can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Breweries Wildlife
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Mon Repos ©
Mon Repos
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

1
day
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stop by Coastal Funk, admire the local landmark of Keppel Kraken, then head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Farnborough Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yeppoon online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Yeppoon takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken
Coastal Funk ©
Coastal Funk

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Fri), race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Yeppoon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
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 6th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, then kick back and relax at Mission Beach, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mission Beach tour builder tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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 7th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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