38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Caloundra
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Cairns
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 6 nights

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Lord Howe Island

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online tour planner.

Sydney to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

5
nights
Caloundra

Attractions like Golden Beach Hire and Bulcock Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Marcoola Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caloundra: Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Peregian Beach (Peregian Beach & Peticular) and Essential Bodywork (in Noosaville).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Caloundra trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Caloundra takes 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Caloundra. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Visit Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Sea World Theme Park. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Watersports Guru in Kingscliff, approximately Kingscliff away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and get interesting insight from Gold Coast Skydive.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

5
nights
Fraser Island

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Kids will enjoy Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and Lake McKenzie.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 1st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and identify plant and animal life at Billy Tea Safaris.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

4
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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

6
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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.
Bring the kids along to St. Kilda Beach and The Great Ocean Road. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately Werribee away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To plan Melbourne vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

6
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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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach for some beach relaxation. Bring the kids along to Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. And it doesn't end there: visit Darling Harbour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, get great views at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.