43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Drive:  4​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mackay
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Rockhampton
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Emerald
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Roma
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
St George
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Narrabri
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Coonabarabran
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Dubbo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Orange
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Canowindra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Canberra

6
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Let the collections at Proserpine Museum and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Whitsunday Great Walk and Whitsunday Islands. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Bowen (Horseshoe Bay, Grays Bay, & more). The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conway National Park, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planner .

Townsville to Airlie Beach is an approximately 4-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in August, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be somewhat warmer, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands, Proserpine Museum
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach ©
Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Melba House and Mackay General Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Smalleys Beach and Town Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Broken River in Eungella (about 1h 35 min away). Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Hillsborough National Park. There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail, kick back and relax at Harbour Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamberts Beach, and view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mackay journey planner.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes 2 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Mackay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mackay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Smalleys Beach, Broken River, Melba House
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Broken River ©
Broken River
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Melba House ©
Melba House

5
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Archer Park Rail Museum and Eubenangee Swamp National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Yeppoon Main Beach and Stony Creek. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockhampton: Coastal Funk (in Yeppoon) and Byfield National Park (in Byfield). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Etna Caves National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rockhampton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. September in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Rockhampton

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Byfield, Yeppoon, Eubenangee Swamp National Park
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery

4
nights
Emerald

Emerald ©
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
Let the collections at Miners Heritage and Blackwater International Coal Centre capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Rainworth Fort and Rubyvale Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Rubyvale Gem Gallery (in Rubyvale) and Theresa Creek Dam (in Clermont). There's more to do: admire the engineering at Fairbairn Dam and view the masterpieces at Emerald Art Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Emerald vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Emerald takes 3 hours. In September in Emerald, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Roma.

Things to do in Emerald

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rubyvale, Blackwater International Coal Centre, Old Rainworth Fort, Theresa Creek Dam
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Miners Heritage ©
Miners Heritage
Theresa Creek Dam ©
Theresa Creek Dam
Blackwater International Coal Centre ©

2
nights
Roma

Roma ©
Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Big Rig, stop by Calico Cottage Crafts, then make a trip to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree, then get to know the fascinating history of Roma War Memorial Heroes Avenue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church Roma.

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You can drive from Emerald to Roma in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to St George.

Things to do in Roma

#Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Calico Cottage Crafts
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St Paul's Anglican Church Roma ©
St Paul's Anglican Church Roma
Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree ©
Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree
Calico Cottage Crafts ©
Calico Cottage Crafts

1
night
St George

St George ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Riversands Winery and then take in the exciting artwork at The Unique Egg.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read St George visit planner .

Drive from Roma to St George in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in St George

#Wineries, #Museums
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The Unique Egg ©
The Unique Egg
Riversands Winery ©
Riversands Winery

3
nights
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amigos Castle and John Murray Art Gallery. Chambers of The Black Hand and 3 mile Heritage opal mines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd in Cumborah (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Bevans Cactus Nursery, look for gifts at Down to Earth Opals, get engrossed in the history at Kangaroo Hill Complex, and take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lightning Ridge travel website .

Getting from St George to Lightning Ridge by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Narrabri.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd
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Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery

4
nights
Narrabri

Narrabri ©
Narrabri is a town and seat of Narrabri Shire local government area in the North West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia on the Namoi River, 521km northwest of Sydney. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Australia Telescope Compact Array and Moree Plains Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Kaputar National Park and Narrabri Fish Farm. Step out of Narrabri with an excursion to Yarrie Lake in Wee Waa--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Sawn Rocks.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Narrabri trip builder app .

Drive from Lightning Ridge to Narrabri in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Coonabarabran.

Things to do in Narrabri

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Moree Plains Gallery, Yarrie Lake
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Sawn Rocks ©
Sawn Rocks
Narrabri Fish Farm ©
Narrabri Fish Farm

3
nights
Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran ©
Surrounded by lovely, largely unpopulated countryside, Coonabarabran is notable for the number of small churches in the area.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Crystal Kingdom and Siding Spring Observatory. Get in touch with nature at Warrumbungle National Park and Nelson Park. When in Coonabarabran, make a side trip to see Sculptures in the Scrub Trail in Baradine, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Crystal Kingdom Fossil Museum and head outdoors with Dandry Gorge.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Coonabarabran trip builder app .

Getting from Narrabri to Coonabarabran by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Narrabri, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Coonabarabran, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Coonabarabran

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sculptures in the Scrub Trail
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Warrumbungle National Park ©
Warrumbungle National Park
Crystal Kingdom ©
Crystal Kingdom
Crystal Kingdom Fossil Museum ©
Crystal Kingdom Fossil Museum

2
nights
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol and then make a trip to Alladins Cave Bottle House. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubbo online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Coonabarabran to Dubbo takes 2 hours. Traveling from Coonabarabran in September, plan for little chillier nights in Dubbo, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Dubbo

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Alladins Cave Bottle House ©
Alladins Cave Bottle House

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington ©
Wellington is a town in inland New South Wales, Australia, located at the junction of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers. Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine and then admire the natural beauty at Osawano Japanese Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at 'Banjo Paterson ... more than a Poet' Exhibition and then take an in-depth tour of Yeoval Historical Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Dubbo to Wellington by car takes about an hour. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Orange.

Things to do in Wellington

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Yeoval
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Osawano Japanese Garden ©
Osawano Japanese Garden

3
nights
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Age of Fishes Museum and Heifer Station Wines. Get a sense of the local culture at De Salis Wines and Rowlee Wines. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Orange Mountain Wines and immerse yourself in nature at Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Orange trip maker .

You can drive from Wellington to Orange in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Orange are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Orange

#Wineries, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

The Age of Fishes Museum
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The Age of Fishes Museum ©
The Age of Fishes Museum
De Salis Wines ©
De Salis Wines
Heifer Station Wines ©
Heifer Station Wines

2
nights
Canowindra

Canowindra ©
Canowindra is a historic township located between Orange and Cowra in the central west of New South Wales, Australia in Cabonne Shire. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at War Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Memorial Hill Lookout, then stroll the grounds of Forbes Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Forbes Historical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Weddin Mountains National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canowindra tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Orange to Canowindra takes an hour. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Canowindra

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Parkes, Forbes, Weddin Mountains National Park
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Weddin Mountains National Park ©
Weddin Mountains National Park
Forbes Historical Museum ©
Forbes Historical Museum
Memorial Hill Lookout ©
Memorial Hill Lookout

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