30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Yamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
9
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
10
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
11
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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day
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.
On the 30th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Fun & Games
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

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Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Step out of Yamba to go to Iluka and see Iluka Rainforest Walking Track, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach, play a few rounds at Yamba Golf and Country Club, perfect your strike at Bowlo Leisure Centre, and see the interesting displays at Yamba Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yamba online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Yamba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Yamba sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maclean, Iluka Rainforest Walking Track, Angourie Blue Pool
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Angourie Blue Pool ©
Angourie Blue Pool

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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 8th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, take some stellar pictures from Fisherman's Lookout, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay holiday planner.

Drive from Yamba to Byron Bay in 2 hours. In July in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 11th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in July since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Noosa Main Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa online journey planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane. On your second day here, have fun at South Bank Parklands.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island online trip builder .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Hamilton Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Traveling from Hamilton Island in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Whitsunday Island. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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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 25th (Thu): stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in July: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
On the 27th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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