30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+2
Fly + foot + train:  21​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Byron Bay) and Broken Head (Broken Head Nature Reserve & Broken Head Beach). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip builder tool .

Calgary, Canada to Gold Coast is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in November, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Byron Bay
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jenolan Caves and Caves Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Mary's Cathedral and Norah Head Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains), Avoca Beach (in Terrigal) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ocean Beach and stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Sydney are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Jenolan Caves, Norah Head Lighthouse, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra Centenary Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Questacon and National Portrait Gallery. Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Jeir Creek Wines (in Murrumbateman) and Gundog Cork Street Cellar (in Gundaroo). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, choose your vessel at GoBoat Canberra, examine the collection at Old Parliament House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tortured Gum Brewery.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Canberra day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canberra, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tortured Gum Brewery, Jeir Creek Wines, Gundog Cork Street Cellar
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Questacon ©
Questacon
Canberra Centenary Trail ©
Canberra Centenary Trail
Jeir Creek Wines ©
Jeir Creek Wines

4
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cape Raoul will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna--about 1h 15 min away. On the 18th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fern Tree.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Canberra in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fern Tree, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Kingston Beach, Richmond Bridge, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Caversham Wildlife Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cottesloe Beach and The Perth Mint. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Secret Harbour Beach (in Secret Harbour) and The Fremantle Round House (in Fremantle). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and meet the residents at Perth Zoo.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hobart to Perth by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hobart in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Perth: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Lake Claremont, Secret Harbour Beach, Scarborough Beach, Perth Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
The Fremantle Round House ©
The Fremantle Round House
Secret Harbour Beach ©
Secret Harbour Beach

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Get in touch with nature at Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas vacation maker site .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Port Douglas is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Port Douglas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bloomfield Waterfall, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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