30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  20​h
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind The Bell Tower, explore the activities along Swan River, and stroll through Cottesloe Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Perth tour planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth. Expect warmer weather when traveling from London in November: highs in Perth hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Prison, Perth Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
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.
Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Perth in November, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). There's still lots to do: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Brisbane sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fraser Island in November: highs in Sydney hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Newcastle trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, and finally trek along The Giant Stairway. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, then don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, then explore the galleries of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip itinerary app .

Drive from Newcastle to Katoomba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Shopping Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in November, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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