30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  5​h
1
Lakes Entrance
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Cann River
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Jervis Bay
— 2 nights
car:  1​h
4
Kiama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Yamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Brisbane
— 2 nights
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): try for a hole-in-one at Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop, snap pictures at The Entrance Walk, then kick back and relax at Lakes Entrance Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nyerimilang Heritage Park. On your second day here, explore the activities along Gippsland Lakes and then explore the fascinating underground world of Buchan Caves.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lakes Entrance day trip planning website .

Melbourne to Lakes Entrance is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In February, daytime highs in Lakes Entrance are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cann River.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Buchan Caves
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Buchan Caves ©
Buchan Caves
Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes
Nyerimilang Heritage Park ©
Nyerimilang Heritage Park

2
nights
Cann River

Cann River
Cann River is a town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria in Australia. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cape Conran Nature Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salmon Rocks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cann River trip maker tool .

Getting from Lakes Entrance to Cann River by car takes about 2 hours. In February in Cann River, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Cann River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cape Conran, Genoa Peak Walk
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2
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You've now added Hyams Beach to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenfield Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape St George Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Hyams Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Little Blowhole Reserve “Endeavour Lookout”, and finally kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jervis Bay trip planner .

Drive from Cann River to Jervis Bay in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kiama.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Honeymoon Bay, Little Blowhole Reserve “Endeavour Lookout”, Werri Beach
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Werri Beach ©
Werri Beach
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach

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nights
Kiama

Kiama ©
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means 'where the sea makes a noise'.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get outside with Bombo Headland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Drawing Room Rocks, get engrossed in the history at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, then don't miss a visit to Bowerbird on Argyle, then look for gifts at Nest & Burrow, and finally make a trip to Sunnataram Forest Monastery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kiama online trip builder .

Take a train from Jervis Bay to Kiama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Kiama

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bundanoon, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Bowerbird on Argyle, Drawing Room Rocks
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Sunnataram Forest Monastery ©
Sunnataram Forest Monastery
Drawing Room Rocks ©
Drawing Room Rocks

4
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Hyde Park. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route builder app .

Getting from Kiama to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kiama in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caves Beach and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle: Pokolbin (Tulloch Wines, Mistletoe Wines, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at King Edward Park, and go for a walk through Bathers Way Coastal Walk.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Caves Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic and Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. Go for a jaunt from Coffs Harbour to Dorrigo to see Dorrigo National Park about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Forest Sky Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach, look for gifts at The Yellow Shed, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Yellow Shed, Parque Nacional de Dorrigo
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

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nights
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Maclean Lookout, kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba, then enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Pippi Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yamba trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Yamba in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Maclean Lookout
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Food Tours. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Yamba to Byron Bay takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Lake Ainsworth
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridge and Zipline. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online route planner .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Another option is to drive. In March, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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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.
On the 12th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks

Side Trip

Queens Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Queens Park
Queens Park
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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