36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Dungog
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Coffs Harbour
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Noosa
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

Sydney

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wentworth Falls Lookout. Venture out of the city with trips to Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout, Blue Mountains, &more) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, browse the collection at State Library of New South Wales, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation planner.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Dungog.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Dungog

— 3 nights
Dungog is a country town on the Williams River in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Tomaree Head and D'Albora Marinas. Explore Dungog's surroundings by going to Nelson Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Gan Gan Lookout, &more).

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dungog itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Dungog takes 3 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dungog, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Dungog

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 4 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Nacional de Dorrigo and Koala Hospital. Get out of town with these interesting Coffs Harbour side-trips: V-Wall (in Nambucca Heads), Port Macquarie (Breakwall Waking Path & Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail) and Smoky Cape Lighthouse (in South West Rocks). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, and get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Coffs Harbour using our trip planner.

Getting from Dungog to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Byron Bay

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cape Byron Walking Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Yabbra National Park (in Urbenville) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Stone & Wood Brewery, look for gifts at Truly Tea, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 6 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Story Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tamborine Mountain, don't miss a visit to Snapper Rocks, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carlo Sand Blow and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Beach, &more), Coolum Beach (Mount Coolum & Lows Lookout) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and do a tasting at Flame Hill Vineyard.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Noosa trip app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Cairns

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Josephine Falls and Mossman Gorge Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Port Douglas (Coffee Works Port Douglas & Opal Reef). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online road trip planner.

You can fly from Noosa to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.