26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
8
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, make a trip to Block Arcade, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Melbourne. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Sydney. You'll set off for Byron Bay on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Maleny (McCarthy's Lookout & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World) and Mooloolaba (Sea Life Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, & more). Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, wander the streets of Hastings Street, take in the exciting artwork at Tina Cooper Gallery, and hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny, Eumundi, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, then explore the activities along Lake Wabby, and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, then contemplate the waterfront views at Boomanjin lake, and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island road trip planning tool .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 29th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. March in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas). Spend the 30th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the striking features of Constitution Dock.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hobart holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hobart takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in April, things will get colder in Hobart: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Mole Creek (Mole Creek Caves & Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Launceston itinerary planner .

Drive from Hobart to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Mole Creek, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Deloraine Creative Studios
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

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