31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Hobart
— 2 nights
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Torquay
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Darwin
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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Dubuji Boardwalk). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

1
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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 10th (Sun), go for a walk through Castle Hill, then brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Townsville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 11th (Mon): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip website.

Drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Townsville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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 12th (Tue): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Treat Shop, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Hobart

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and then gain some tasty knowledge on Drink Tasmania Premium Tours. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then learn about winemaking at Pressing Matters.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Hobart at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Hobart

Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

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Torquay

Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Phantom Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls, then stop by Great Escape Books, and finally walk around Anglesea Bike Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Torquay trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Torquay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey planner.

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Darwin

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Spend the 28th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the exciting artwork at Mason Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Darwin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get warmer in Darwin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Wildlife Areas · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.