29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Mackay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Giant Stairway) and Sublime Point Lookout (in Leura). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Dublin, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dublin to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, The Giant Stairway, Sublime Point Lookout, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tomaree Head and Ivanhoe Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Pokolbin (Leogate Estate Wines, Peterson House, & more), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Nelson Bay) and Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba). There's more to do: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk and do a tasting at Carillion Wines.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle road trip tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Ernest Hill Wines, Carillion Wines, Tomaree Head, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Newcastle to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In November in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lennox Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Springbrook National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast tour itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Another option is to drive. November in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, then take a stroll through West End, and finally go for a walk through New Farm River Walk. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to St Helena Island National Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
West End ©
West End
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

2
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery, then sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and then identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos Turtle Encounter. On your second day here, examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, then take in the exciting artwork at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bundaberg day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

2
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 16th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Awoonga and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Gecko Valley Winery and then explore the striking landscape of Wild Cattle Island National Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gladstone road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Gladstone takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Gladstone are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Awoonga, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Wild Cattle Island National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Awoonga ©
Lake Awoonga
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wild Cattle Island National Park ©
Wild Cattle Island National Park

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Bucasia Beach, make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, and then kick back and relax at Town Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space), enjoy the sand and surf at Ball Bay Beach, and then stroll through Smalleys Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackay road trip planning site .

Getting from Gladstone to Mackay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Smalleys Beach, Ball Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon

2
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.
On the 20th (Wed), make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Black Weir, then make a trip to Riverway, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Townsville tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Townsville with the Route module. In November in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mossman Gorge Centre and Michaelmas Cay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Innisfail Temple. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Wrights Lookout & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker tool .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Innisfail Temple, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Crystal Cascades
Highlights from your plan
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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