12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Townsville
— 1 night
2
Bowen
— 1 night
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
4
Mission Beach
— 1 night

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 8th (Mon), stroll through Castle Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Stockland Townsville Shopping Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville driving holiday planning website.

New York City, USA to Townsville is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Townsville due to the time zone difference. In August, Townsville is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Bowen.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

1
night
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bowen trip builder.

You can drive from Townsville to Bowen in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Townsville in August since evenings lows in Bowen dip to °F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

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Cairns

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Whileaway, &more), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, stop by Luminous Lights, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and explore the different monuments and memorials at McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip app.

Drive from Bowen to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bowen in August, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

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Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Mission Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mission Beach driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

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