30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
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Alice Springs
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Darwin
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Cairns
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Brisbane
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Sydney
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Melbourne — 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and Collins St/Swanston St. Get some cultural insight at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and Melbourne Town Hall. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Beer Tastings & Tours (in Mornington). Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Carlton Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Rippon Lea Estate.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne tour planner.

Madrid, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Madrid in August, things will get colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs — 5 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Escape the urban bustle at Alice Springs Desert Park and Wayoutback Australian Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park and Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path, identify plant and animal life at Trephina Gorge Nature Park, appreciate the views at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you will find days in Alice Springs are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Darwin.
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Darwin — 5 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Litchfield National Park (Helicopter Tours, Buley Rockhole, &more) and Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the interesting displays at 1934 Qantas Hangar, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin travel planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, &more), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre (in Mareeba). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and stroll through Red Arrow Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary website.

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Cairns. While traveling from Darwin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 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.
On the 27th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Shorncliffe Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the next day, contemplate the long history of Newstead House, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Wynnum Esplanade.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in August: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Jewish Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Hyde Park Barracks. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning website.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, then see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and then wander the streets of Degraves Street.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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