29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Gold Coast Hinterland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Scotts Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Palm Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Rocks Markets and Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques. Visiting Shelly Beach and Palm Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiama Harbour, and stroll through Camp Cove.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Terrigal Beach, Shelly Beach, Werri Beach, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Jimmy's Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Winda Woppa Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Box Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Shoal Bay travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Shoal Bay in 3 hours. In April in Shoal Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hawks Nest
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
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Box Beach ©
Box Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach

2
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.
On the 4th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain, look for gifts at Kendall Craft Co-operative, then learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Slim Dusty Centre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hastings River.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Shoal Bay in April: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

North Brother Mountain, Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, Kendall Craft Co-operative, The Slim Dusty Centre
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
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Hastings River ©
Hastings River
The Slim Dusty Centre ©
The Slim Dusty Centre
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk and then make a trip to Cunningham’s Big Bunch. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, then take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, then kick back and relax at Diggers beach, and finally admire all the interesting features of Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, Two Tails Wines
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Queen Street Mall. You'll get in some beach time at Moffat Beach and Shorncliffe Beach. Spend the 10th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), wander the streets of West End, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning website .

You can fly from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Brisbane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses, see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright.

Planning Noosa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra Lighthouses, Queensland Air Museum, Point Cartwright, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Caloundra Lighthouses ©
Caloundra Lighthouses

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts, make a trip to Australiana Cottage Crafts, then take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast Hinterland.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
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Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©

2
nights
Gold Coast Hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Springbrook National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast Hinterland trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Hervey Bay to Gold Coast Hinterland with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Gold Coast Hinterland are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast Hinterland

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Robina Town Shopping Centre, Burleigh Head National Park, Springbrook National Park
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Robina Town Shopping Centre ©
Robina Town Shopping Centre

2
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 18th (Thu), get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast Hinterland to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Gold Coast Hinterland in April, Byron Bay is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Scotts Head.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral ©
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
nights
Scotts Head

Scotts Head ©
Scotts Head is a coastal village of the Nambucca Shire local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bowraville Folk Museum and Frank Partridge VC Military Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Scotts Head: South West Rocks (Horsehoe Bay Beach & Arakoon National Park). There's more to do: stroll through Scotts Head Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Scotts Head road trip app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Scotts Head in 4 hours. April in Scotts Head sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Scotts Head

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Bowraville
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Redhead Beach, kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach, then view the masterpieces at Newcastle Art Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Watt Street Wharf.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle online trip planner .

You can drive from Scotts Head to Newcastle in 3.5 hours. In April in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palm Beach.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Redhead Beach
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:
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Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Watt Street Wharf ©
Watt Street Wharf

2
nights
Palm Beach

Palm Beach ©
On the 24th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bouddi National Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, then browse the different shops at Westfield Tuggerah, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ebenezer Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Beach online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Palm Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Palm Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ebenezer Church, Ocean Beach, Westfield Tuggerah, Staples Lookout, Bouddi National Park
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bouddi National Park ©
Bouddi National Park
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Ebenezer Church ©
Ebenezer Church

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