30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela
+2
train + bus + Fly:  35​h
1
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  32​h
End: Santiago de Compostela

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, head outdoors with Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs travel planning tool .

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Alice Springs is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Alice Springs. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago de Compostela in September: highs in Alice Springs hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and State Library of Victoria. Change things up with a short trip to Stony Creek Gallery in Daylesford (about 1h 45 min away). Dedicate the 12th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, don't miss a visit to Royal Exhibition Building, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Daylesford
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Whitsunday Island reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

6
nights
Cairns

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paronella Park and Helicopter Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in September since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Paronella Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paronella Park ©
Paronella Park
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in September, you will find days in Hamilton Island are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

6
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Blue Mountains and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Leura to see Everglades Historic House and Gardens about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in September, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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