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

Melbourne ©

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

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St Kilda Pier ©
St Kilda Pier

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Canberra

Canberra ©

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 Floriade. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Cotter Reserve, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

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 · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Alpine River Adventures ©
Alpine River Adventures
Cotter Reserve ©
Cotter Reserve

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Sydney

Sydney ©

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 Camp Cove. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Katoomba Cascades, &more), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). 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

Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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.
Visit Pippi Beach and Turners Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Sundive Byron Bay and Belongil Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Spooky Beach (in Angourie) and Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, and stroll through Broken Head Beach.

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

Highlights from your plan
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Sundive Byron Bay ©
Sundive Byron Bay
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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 Saint Augustine's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to The Treat Shop (in Eagle Heights), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

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 Kings 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: Moffat Beach (in Caloundra) and Golden Beach Hire (in Golden Beach). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online travel route planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Golden Beach Hire ©
Golden Beach Hire

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Mackay

Mackay ©
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 Lamberts Beach. Get outdoors at Crocodile Safari and Far Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mackay side-trips: Ball Bay Beach (in Ball Bay), Smalleys Beach (in Cape Hillsborough) and Cedar Creek Falls (in Proserpine). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park, kick back and relax at Town Beach, view the masterpieces at Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbour 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

Highlights from your plan
Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Far Beach ©
Far Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. 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). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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