30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
10
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Mission Beach and then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Tours
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2
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Whitsunday Great Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

1
night
Mackay

Mackay
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lamberts Lookout.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mackay trip maker website .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Hervey Bay. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mackay in October since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Noosa on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Surfers Paradise Beach. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll set off for Byron Bay on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Surfers Paradise Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lighthouse Beach and Pat Morton Lookout. Get outdoors at Broken Head Nature Reserve and Wategos Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Hastings Point Headland, Lighthouse Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney visit planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Melbourne

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 Eastern Beach Reserve and Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Anglican Church, Barwon Heads (in Barwon Heads), Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Art Gallery of Ballarat) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Anglican Church, Barwon Heads, The Great Ocean Road
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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