30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Plymouth
Fly:  10​h
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: New Plymouth

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online route maker .

New Plymouth, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track. On the next day, kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, then stroll through Lennox Head Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd, enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Yamba Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Yamba trip builder tool .

Getting from Byron Bay to Yamba by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Yamba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 24th (Sun), get great views at Forest Sky Pier, then meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, and then kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Yamba to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. When traveling from Yamba in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife
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Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): browse the different shops at Port Central Shopping Centre, hike along Coastal walk, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Beach, then do a tasting at Long Point Vineyard, and then experience rural life at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie road trip planning app .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in February, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pilot Beach
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle side-trips: Pokolbin (Peterson House, Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, admire all the interesting features of Fort Scratchley, take some stellar pictures from Queens Wharf Tower, and view the masterpieces at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Newcastle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wineries Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
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Peterson House ©
Peterson House
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

6
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. Head to Sydney Fish Market and The Strand Arcadefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Coogee Beach, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Sydney holiday planner .

Drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Shopping
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then browse the fresh offerings at Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia. On your second day here, look for gifts at Murrumbateman Farmers Market, then learn about winemaking at Four Winds Vineyard, then look for gifts at Gallagher Wines, and finally get lost in a book at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Murrumbateman
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Four Winds Vineyard ©
Four Winds Vineyard

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.
Visit St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. Dedicate the 15th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder app .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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