28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific journey planner

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Train to Dusseldorf, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Millaa Millaa
— 1 night
Drive
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Townsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Bowen
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive
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River Heads
— 1 day
Drive
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Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Noosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Grafton
— 1 night
Drive
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Blackheath
— 1 night
Drive
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Sydney

— 2 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk and then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Sydney is 9 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Frankfurt in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cairns

— 3 nights

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 in touch with nature at Wooroonooran National Park and Millaa Millaa Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Millaa Millaa.

Things to do in Cairns

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa

— 1 night
Millaa Millaa is a small town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands and then stroll around Paronella Park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Millaa Millaa trip maker app.

You can drive from Cairns to Millaa Millaa in 2 hours. In August in Millaa Millaa, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Millaa Millaa

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 1 night
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
You've now added Tully Gorge National Park to your itinerary. On the 15th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Tully Gorge National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mission Beach online journey maker.

You can drive from Millaa Millaa to Mission Beach in 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Townsville

— 1 night
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planning tool.

Drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Townsville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bowen.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Bowen

Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay and then kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bowen holiday planning website.

Drive from Townsville to Bowen in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Townsville in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Bowen. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

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You can drive from Bowen to Airlie Beach in an hour. When traveling from Bowen in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rockhampton road trip website.

Drive from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, you will find days in Rockhampton are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to River Heads.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

River Heads

— 1 day
For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the River Heads trip planner.

You can drive from Rockhampton to River Heads in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in River Heads

Outdoors

Rainbow Beach

— 1 night
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rainbow Beach trip planner.

Getting from River Heads to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 2 hours. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Noosa

— 1 night
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 22nd (Thu), wander the streets of Hastings Street and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rainbow Beach to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Brisbane

— 2 nights

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 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Gold Coast

— 1 night
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 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Byron Bay

— 1 night
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.
To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gold Coast in August since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 8°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grafton.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Grafton

— 1 night
The city of Grafton is the seat of Local Government, the Federal and State Government administrative centre, and the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grafton online vacation planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Grafton in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Grafton

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Blackheath

— 1 night
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blackheath trip builder app.

You can drive from Grafton to Blackheath in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. August in Blackheath sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Enjoy Sydney some more: take a stroll through The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, browse the different shops at DUX Collection Sydney, and admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Blackheath in August, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.