29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: London

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Clovelly, and enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Whitsunday Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect nights in Whitsunday Island to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On your second day here, explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island travel route builder .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 6th (Sun), you're off toBrisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and MaisyMoo (in Caloundra). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and stroll through Moffat Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane visit planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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 12th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in January, Byron Bay is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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.
On the 15th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach. On your second day here, laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, and admire the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth itinerary planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get slightly colder in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, Fremantle Prison, The Sacred India Gallery, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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