30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  10​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Pearl Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Noosa North Shore
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
11
Killcare
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
12
Terrigal
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Magenta
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
14
Merimbula
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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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.
On the 26th (Thu), experience the excitement of Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip website .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Pearl Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Milk Beach ©
Milk Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lady Bay ©
Lady Bay

1
day
Pearl Beach

Pearl Beach ©
Pearl Beach is a suburb of on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. On the 28th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at The Crommelin Native Arboretum, then stroll through Paradise Beach, and then kick back and relax at Clareville Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pearl Beach journey site .

You can drive from Sydney to Pearl Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Pearl Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Avalon Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Crommelin Native Arboretum ©
The Crommelin Native Arboretum
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pearl Beach to Coffs Harbour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toPort Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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nights
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 29th (Sun): explore the activities along Hastings River, then putt your heart out at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, and then take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): play a few rounds at Port Macquarie Golf Club, admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, and finally walk around Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie sightseeing app .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

North Brother Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve ©
Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve
Port Macquarie Golf Club ©
Port Macquarie Golf Club

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pippi Beach and Turners Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tallow Beach and Wategos Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville) and Ballina (Lighthouse Beach & Big Prawn). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Pat Morton Lookout, look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, take some stellar pictures from Fisherman's Lookout, and get your game on at Circus Arts Byron Bay.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planner .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Yamba, Pat Morton Lookout, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll around Paradise Point Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Best Of All Lookout and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Springbrook National Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Tewantin National Park and Coolum Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wooroi Day Use Area and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: get outside with Gympie Gliding Club, get great views at Laguna Lookout, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Belmondos Organic Market.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters ©
Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters
Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Wooroi Day Use Area ©
Wooroi Day Use Area

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Hummock Lookout and then stroll through Woodgate Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Bundaberg itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Noosa to Bundaberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach
Hummock Lookout ©
Hummock Lookout

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to K'gari and then head off the coast to Waddy Point.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Noosa North Shore.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Waddy Point ©
Waddy Point
K'gari ©
K'gari

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nights
Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore ©
Step out of Noosa North Shore with an excursion to Double Island Point Lighthouse in Cooloola National Park--about 1h 10 min away.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa North Shore road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Noosa North Shore. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Killcare.

Things to do in Noosa North Shore

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Horses ©
Noosa Horses

1
night
Killcare

Killcare
Killcare is a south-eastern suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the Bouddi Peninsula. Before you visit Killcare, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Noosa North Shore to Killcare. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll set off for Terrigal on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Killcare

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:

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nights
Terrigal

Terrigal ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Avoca Beach, tee off at Breakers Golf Course Wamberal, and then kick back and relax at Macmasters Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Captain Cook Lookout, then stroll through Katandra Reserve, then do a tasting at Firescreek Fruit Wines, and finally play a few rounds at Swingers Supa Putt.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Terrigal day trip planning app .

Terrigal is very close to Killcare. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Magenta.

Things to do in Terrigal

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Holgate, Macmasters Beach, Breakers Golf Course Wamberal, Captain Cook Lookout, Swingers Supa Putt
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Avoca Beach ©
Avoca Beach
Katandra Reserve ©
Katandra Reserve
Captain Cook Lookout ©
Captain Cook Lookout

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night
Magenta

Magenta ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Wyrrabalong National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Magenta tour planning site .

Magenta is just a short distance from Terrigal. In January, daily temperatures in Magenta can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Magenta

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Munmorah State Conservation Area
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Munmorah State Conservation Area ©
Munmorah State Conservation Area

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nights
Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Panboola Wetlands and then make a trip to The Pinnacles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, have some family-friendly fun at Top Fun Merimbula, have fun at Ford Park Playground, then stroll through Main Beach, and finally go for a walk through Rotary Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Merimbula tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magenta to Merimbula. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Magenta in January, with highs in Merimbula at 28°C and lows at 18°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Merimbula

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Panboola Wetlands, Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Panboola Wetlands ©
Panboola Wetlands
Ford Park Playground ©
Ford Park Playground
Top Fun Merimbula ©
Top Fun Merimbula

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