30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
12
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
13
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
14
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
15
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
16
Mareeba
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
17
Yungaburra
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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 is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip builder .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 3rd (Tue), stroll around Speers Point Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Bathers Way Coastal Walk, then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally get your game on at VRXP.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Newcastle road trip site .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Newcastle when traveling from Sydney in September, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Speers Point Park
Highlights from your plan
Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 4th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then hike along Coastal walk, and finally make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie journey app .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Newcastle in September, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

1
night
Byron Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay day trip planner.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in September: highs in Byron Bay hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 6th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from 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, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brisbane route planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, then get your game on at SunJet Simulations, and then admire the natural beauty at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa tour planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rainbow Beach day trip tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Rainbow Beach in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and kick back and relax at Indian Head.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay trip website .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 17th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip site .

Fly from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 18th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach itinerary maker site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island holiday website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
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.
Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mareeba.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Mareeba

Mareeba ©
Mareeba is a town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): putt your heart out at MakoTrac International Racetrack (Go Kart Action) and then identify plant and animal life at Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve.

Start your trip to Mareeba by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Port Douglas to Mareeba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yungaburra.

Things to do in Mareeba

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan

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night
Yungaburra

Yungaburra ©
Yungaburra is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, not far from Cairns. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Artistree Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Historic Village Herberton, then get answers to all your questions at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yungaburra road trip tool .

Getting from Mareeba to Yungaburra by car takes about an hour. September in Yungaburra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yungaburra

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour ©
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
Artistree Gallery ©
Artistree Gallery

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