32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: York
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  27 h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
3
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  27 h
End: York

4
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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Alexandra Bay Waterfall in Diwan--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

York, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 27-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from York to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from York in February, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Big Prawn (in Ballina). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, sample the tasty concoctions at Stone & Wood Brewery, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in February since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Watersports Guru, Big Prawn, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Infinity Attraction (in Surfers Paradise), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Pelican Feeding (in Labrador). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Trial Bay Gaol). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, relax in the rural setting at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and trek along Coastal walk.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Port Macquarie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in February: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

South West Rocks, North Brother Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

5
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, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning website .

Fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Port Macquarie in February, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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