30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mackay
— 1 night
Fly to Cairns, Bus to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly
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Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive
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Springsure
— 1 night
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Drive to Emerald Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport, Drive to West Burleigh
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West Burleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Grafton
— 1 night
Drive
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Maroochydore
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
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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.
On the 4th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

1
night
Mackay

Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stop by Let the Children Play Toyshop, then make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, and then kick back and relax at Town Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mackay trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mackay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Mackay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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nights
Cape Tribulation

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mackay to Cape Tribulation in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planner.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at The Strand and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Townsville online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

1
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Rockhampton

With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): let little ones run wild at Kershaw Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton holiday maker site.

Fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Springsure.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
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Springsure

Springsure is a town and a locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at House of Magnolias.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Springsure trip planning website.

You can drive from Rockhampton to Springsure in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Springsure can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to West Burleigh.

Things to do in Springsure

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

1
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West Burleigh

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the West Burleigh online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Springsure to West Burleigh. Traveling from Springsure in January, expect nights in West Burleigh to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grafton.

Things to do in West Burleigh

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Grafton

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, explore the galleries of Grafton Regional Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Schaeffer House Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grafton trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from West Burleigh to Grafton takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Grafton can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Maroochydore.

Things to do in Grafton

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

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Maroochydore

Maroochydore is an urban centre on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Explore Maroochydore's surroundings by going to Noosa (Noosa Main Beach & Noosa National Park), Noosa River (in Noosaville) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, browse the exhibits of Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Maroochydore online route planner.

Drive from Grafton to Maroochydore in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Maroochydore are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Maroochydore

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

1
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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 31st (Wed), cool off at WetSide Water Park and then admire the natural beauty at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Maroochydore to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.

Burleigh Heads travel guide

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Beaches · National Parks · Wildlife Areas
Burleigh Heads is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Census, Burleigh Heads had a population of 9,188.The suburb boundary extends as far north as Miami Headland, Miami, and as far south as Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach. To the west, is the township of West Burleigh, with shopping and industrial areas, and Burleigh Waters, a suburb with a man-made lake, council parks and gardens. The centre of the neighborhood is James Street, which consists of cafes, delis, hairdressers, retailers, chemists, restaurants and charity stores.Burleigh Heads' surf break attracts surfers from the Gold Coast and beyond. At the headland of Burleigh, locally known as "The Point", barbecues and cricket matches are held, and spectators can watch the surfers. On Sunday afternoons, local musicians and fire-twirlers often come out to the park beside Burleigh SLSC for a jam and dance session.HistoryIndigenous Australians inhabited the area of Burleigh Heads for thousands of years prior to European settlement. The Indigenous tribe were known as the Kombumerri people, who had named the area 'Jellurgal'.In 1840, James Warner was commissioned to survey the coastline near Moreton Bay. Warner named the headlands near Tallebudgera Creek, 'Burly Head' because of its massive appearance. Decades later the name was adapted to the more genteel spelling of 'Burleigh Heads' and was declared a town reserve by the Queensland Government in 1871.

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