30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Gold Coast Hinterland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Gladstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h
12
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

6
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Hyde Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wollongong (Nan Tien Temple & North Wollongong Beach), Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & Leura Cascades). Dedicate the 1st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: hike along The Giant Stairway, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, pause for some photo ops at Anzac War Memorial, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip website .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Leura, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 4:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): go for a walk through Bathers Way Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach, and then stroll through King Edward Park. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Hanging Tree Wines, do a tasting at Petersons Wines Broke Road, and then kick back and relax at Caves Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Newcastle visit planner.

Getting from Sydney to Newcastle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Caves Beach
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Hanging Tree Wines ©
Hanging Tree Wines
Petersons Wines Broke Road ©
Petersons Wines Broke Road

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Port Stephens Shell Museum, take some stellar pictures from Barry Park, and then stroll through Box Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shoal Bay planning tool .

You can drive from Newcastle to Shoal Bay in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Shoal Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Barry Park, Port Stephens Shell Museum
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:
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Box Beach ©
Box Beach
Barry Park ©
Barry Park
Port Stephens Shell Museum ©
Port Stephens Shell Museum

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 7th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve. On the next day, admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House and then explore the activities along Hastings River.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Traveling from Shoal Bay in April, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

North Brother Mountain, Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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Hastings River ©
Hastings River
Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve ©
Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

3
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, stroll through Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to Cunningham’s Big Bunch.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Coffs Harbour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in April, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Scotts Head Beach, Two Tails Wines, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
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Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery ©
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Thu), get great views at Pat Morton Lookout and then look for gifts at Truly Tea. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, then explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast Hinterland.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lennox Head
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Food Tours
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth

1
night
Gold Coast Hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland ©
On the 14th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then have some family-friendly fun at Bounce Inc, and then cool off at GC Wake Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast Hinterland day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Hinterland takes 1.5 hours. In April in Gold Coast Hinterland, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast Hinterland

Theme Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Robina, GC Wake Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
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GC Wake Park ©
GC Wake Park
Robina Town Shopping Centre ©
Robina Town Shopping Centre

3
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, then wander the streets of West End, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Anzac Square, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast Hinterland to Brisbane in an hour. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:
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Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park ©
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Noosa online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, HMAS Brisbane, Spas & Wellness
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
HMAS Brisbane ©
HMAS Brisbane
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get great views at Round Hill Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout, take an in-depth tour of Gladstone Maritime Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canoe Point Beach and Parklands, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Reg Tanna Park.

Make your Gladstone itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Noosa to Gladstone. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Canoe Point Beach and Parklands, Lake Awoonga, Langmorn Station
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Lake Awoonga ©
Lake Awoonga
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum ©
Round Hill Lookout ©
Round Hill Lookout

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park and then stroll through Burrum Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Palace Backpackers Memorial, sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, and then get lost in a book at Bundaberg Regional Libraries.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Palace Backpackers Memorial, Burrum Heads Beach, Mary Ann Steam Locomotive
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Coogee Beach, get lost in a book at State Library of New South Wales, and then kick back and relax at Palm Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Terrigal Beach and then meet the residents at Australian Reptile Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in April, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Terrigal Beach, Palm Beach, Australian Reptile Park
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Australian Reptile Park ©
Australian Reptile Park
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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