36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
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Canberra
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 7 nights
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Byron Bay
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Mackay
— 5 nights
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Cairns
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Melbourne

— 1 day

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.
On the 28th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne visit planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Canberra

— 3 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Alpine River Adventures and Cotter Reserve. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, engage your brain at Questacon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, and test your team's savvy at Riddle Room.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Canberra vacation maker website.

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Sydney

— 7 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Katoomba Cascades), Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and meet some fierce fish with Dive Centre Manly.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday maker tool.

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Visit Pippi Beach and Belongil Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Sundive Byron Bay and Tallow Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Turners Beach (in Yamba), Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville) and Spooky Beach (in Angourie). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, stroll through Wategos Beach, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and look for gifts at The Byron Bay Book Exchange.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 5 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.
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga (in Tweed Heads), The Treat Shop (in Eagle Heights) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, and find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 5 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.
Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Caloundra Lighthouses and Sunshine Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Golden Beach Hire (in Golden Beach) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackay

— 5 nights
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bucasia Beach and Ball Bay Beach. Get outdoors at Crocodile Safari and Lamberts Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mackay side-trips: Cedar Creek Falls (in Proserpine) and Smalleys Beach (in Cape Hillsborough). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park, admire the natural beauty at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Far Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mackay trip maker website.

Getting from Brisbane to Mackay by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cairns

— 6 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 outdoors at Safaris and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 27th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Mackay to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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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.