28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast vacation planner .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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.
On the 6th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planning tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gold Coast in July since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): wander the streets of Wynnum Esplanade. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then enjoy some diversion at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane vacation tool .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Wynnum Esplanade
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Hastings Street and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Noosa itinerary planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary 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 July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Harbour Gift Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts, and finally take in the waterfront at The Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hervey Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Bundaberg Rum Distillery
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Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, stop by Beach Book Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Hervey Bay in July, with lows around 20°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Sunday Market Port Douglas
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, then explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne route planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect Melbourne to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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nights
Adelaide

Adelaide
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Rundle Mall
Rundle Mall
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Queen Victoria Building, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, and finally make a trip to Macquarie Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker .

You can fly from Adelaide to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Adelaide, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Brett Whiteley Studio ©
Brett Whiteley Studio
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

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