25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Caloundra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hervey Bay
— Few hours
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— Few hours
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
10
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Airlie Beach
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
13
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
14
Cairns
— 3 nights
End: Cairns


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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and St Paul's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey planning site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Floriade and Saints Peter and Paul's Old Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Garroorigang Historic Home and St. Saviour's Cathedral. Take a break from Canberra with a short trip to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew, and contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Canberra online vacation builder .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Melbourne in October since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Goulburn, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Mugga-Mugga Cottage ©
Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Garroorigang Historic Home ©
Garroorigang Historic Home

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taronga Zoo to Manly Beach Walk, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bronte Beach and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Norah Head Lighthouse. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip site .

Sydney is just a stone's throw from Sydney Olympic Park. Traveling from Sydney Olympic Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Norah Head Lighthouse, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

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night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Vincent's Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast day trip planning tool .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, you will find days in Gold Coast are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Noosa National Park and Marcoola Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mooloolaba Beach and Point Cartwright. Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli) and Caboolture Historical Village (in Caboolture).

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Caloundra road trip planning website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim, Caboolture Historical Village, Noosa National Park, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Maryborough
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©

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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. On the 5th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, then enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Harbour Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gooseponds.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackay road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hervey Bay to Mackay. In November, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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hours
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planner.

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will leave for Whitsunday Island on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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night
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach
For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, with lows around 27°C. You'll set off for Cairns on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

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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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Michaelmas Cay will get you outdoors. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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