25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Noosa
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Port Lincoln
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  10​h 15​min
7
Rottnest Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  47​h
8
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Los Angeles


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4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step out of the city life by going to Carlo Sand Blow and Fishing Charters & Tours. For shopping fun, head to Artisans Gallery or Belmondos Organic Market. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Rainbow Beach (in Rainbow Beach) and Dingo Creek Vineyard (in Traveston). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Noosa Farmers Market, get great views at Laguna Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens, and experience the excitement of Noosa Horses.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noosa online vacation planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Noosa is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Noosa due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rainbow Beach, Bonsai Brewhouse, Noosa Museum, Dingo Creek Vineyard, Artisans Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Noosa Farmers Market ©
Noosa Farmers Market
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln ©
Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): do a tasting at Dellacolline Winery, then kick back and relax at Fishery Bay, then identify plant and animal life at Mikkira Station, and finally don't miss a visit to The Old Mill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Sleaford Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Lincoln trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Port Lincoln in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Mikkira Station ©
Mikkira Station
Sleaford Bay ©
Sleaford Bay
The Old Mill ©
The Old Mill

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Panorama Garden Estate, hike along Cape Schanck Boardwalk, and then browse the exhibits of McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Port Lincoln to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Panorama Garden Estate, Dandenong Market, Cape Schanck Boardwalk, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dandenong Market ©
Dandenong Market
ArtYarramunua Art Gallery ©
ArtYarramunua Art Gallery

3
nights
Cairns

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.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stop by Our Animals Our Earth, and finally admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

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Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Cairns to be much hotter, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Our Animals Our Earth, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Shark Diving
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Glass House Mountains National Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Mooloolaba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Mooloolaba reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Buderim Forest Park, Marcoola Beach, Glass House Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Glass House Mountains National Park ©

1
night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): let little ones run wild at Queens Park, contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts, visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, and then pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay road trip site .

Getting from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In October in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
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Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©
Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Mary Poppins Statue ©
Mary Poppins Statue

3
nights
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Strickland Bay, see the vivid underwater world at Cathedral Rocks, then head outdoors with Little Armstrong Bay, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Longreach Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Porpoise Bay, view the masterpieces at Salt Store Gallery and Exhibition Centre, then play a few rounds at Rottnest Island Country Club, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ricey Beach.

Before you visit Rottnest Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Hervey Bay to Rottnest Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hervey Bay to Rottnest Island. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hervey Bay in October since evenings lows in Rottnest Island dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ricey Beach ©
Ricey Beach
Strickland Bay ©
Strickland Bay
Cathedral Rocks ©
Cathedral Rocks

2
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Buley Rockhole, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Darwin holiday site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Rottnest Island to Darwin in 47 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rottnest Island in October: highs in Darwin hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Safaris

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