30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
Shellharbour
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and browse the different shops at Melbourne Central.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Melbourne is 8 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
For shopping fun, head to Des Spencer Galleries or With Sugar. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Tranquility Falls (in Daintree). There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

4
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.
Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 25th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Lake McKenzie and Indian Head will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. March in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Shellharbour.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Shellharbour

Shellharbour ©
Shellharbour is a suburb located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, see the interesting displays at HARS Aviation Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Minnamurra Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shellharbour route maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Shellharbour with the Route module. In April in Shellharbour, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Shellharbour

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Minnamurra Falls
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
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Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Questacon, then examine the collection at Old Parliament House, and then explore the galleries of Strathnairn Gallery.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip site .

You can drive from Shellharbour to Canberra in 3 hours. Traveling from Shellharbour in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Faulconbridge Cemetery, stop by Rick Rutherford's Country, hike along Overcliff-Undercliff Track, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

To plan Faulconbridge vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Faulconbridge takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in April; daily highs in Faulconbridge reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Trails Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rick Rutherford's Country, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Overcliff-Undercliff Track
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan

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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner .

You can drive from Faulconbridge to Sydney in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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