30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Maryborough
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Mount Isa
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Gold Coast journey planner .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme 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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra (SunJet Simulations & Kings Beach). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

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

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Laserzone Sunshine Coast, SunJet Simulations
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

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Explore Maleny's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (Point Cartwright & Mooloolaba Beach) and Wirreanda Park (in Buderim). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kondalilla National Park, get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, and stroll around Conondale National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Montville, Mooloolaba, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Australia Zoo, Wirreanda Park
Highlights from your plan
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
Maryborough

Maryborough
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Gallipoli to Armistice Military Trail, then examine the collection at Whistle Stop Rail Museum, then appreciate the history behind Duncan Chapman Statue, and finally explore the striking landscape of Lenthalls Dam.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Maryborough trip builder website .

Getting from Maleny to Maryborough by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Maryborough

Parks Nature Trails

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, & more) and Fraser Island (Wanggoolba Creek & Central Station Rainforest). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Australiana Cottage Crafts, get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, and stop by Le Petit Chocolatier.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay vacation app .

Hervey Bay is just a stone's throw from Maryborough. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Fraser Island
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, zoos & aquariums, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Hervey Bay in November, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

3
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.
Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Grays Bay (in Bowen). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip tool .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In November in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Daydream Island Living Reef, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, Grays Bay
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris, With Sugar, & more). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Isa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Mount Isa

Mount Isa ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): head outdoors with Lake Moondarra and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hard Times Mine.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mount Isa tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Mount Isa. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mount Isa, with highs around 44°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mount Isa

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Moondarra ©
Lake Moondarra
Hard Times Mine ©
Hard Times Mine

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