29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Torquay
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Auckland

3
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 the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip site .

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Melbourne is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chiang Mai to Melbourne. Traveling from Chiang Mai in September, expect Melbourne to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Anglesea Bike Park and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Torquay tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

Anglesea Bike Park
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Anglesea Bike Park ©
Anglesea Bike Park

4
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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Torquay in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest will get you outdoors.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In October, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online day trip planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 15th (Tue), stroll through The Strand and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, explore the striking landscape of Mowbray National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in October: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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