30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Village Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bones and Jones and Samurai Gallery Australia. Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Port Douglas Court House Museum and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Spend the 20th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daytime highs in Townsville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 26th (Thu), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island travel route website .

Traveling by train from Townsville to Whitsunday Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Townsville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Justice & Police Museum and St Thomas Becket Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum in Valley Heights (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
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 Shrine of Remembrance and The Johnston Collection for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne route site .

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 a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fremantle Prison and Aviation Heritage Museum. Get some historical perspective at The Perth Mint and St Patrick's Basilica. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Tyler's Vineyard (in Millendon), Fremantle (The Shipwreck Galleries, WA Shipwrecks Museum, & more) and All Saints Anglican Church (in Belhus). There's much more to do: walk around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at The Railway Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth attractions site .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Perth hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, All Saints Anglican Church, Tyler's Vineyard, Aviation Heritage Museum, The Railway Museum
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum

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