30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  30​h
1
Townsville
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Yulara
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Manchester

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Paluma Range National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Tropical Queensland and Townsville Museum and Historical Society. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Townsville: Alligator Falls Track (in Alligator Creek) and Paluma State Forest (in Paluma). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville planner .

Manchester, UK to Townsville is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Townsville. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get a bit warmer in Townsville: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Queensland, Paluma Range National Park, Paluma State Forest
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paluma Range National Park ©
Paluma Range National Park

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Coolangatta Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Get outdoors at Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise). On the 15th (Sun), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Spend the 13th (Fri) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and walk around South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Brisbane is little chillier than Townsville - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 16:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

9
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Blue Mountains and Kiama Blowhole. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson), Kiama Harbour (in Kiama) and Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel route builder site .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yulara.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Kiama, Lincoln's Rock, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 25:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Yulara

Yulara ©
Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of the Winds and Helicopter Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru Hiking Path. Change things up with a short trip to Walpa Gorge in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Uluru, identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, don't miss a visit to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yulara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Yulara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yulara, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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