30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Daintree
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
8
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
10
Bondi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, Holland to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 3rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas attractions planner.

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Wonga Beach and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Daintree trip itinerary app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Daintree by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Daintree can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Daintree

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
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Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Photography Tours

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 7th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Daintree to Airlie Beach by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then don't miss a visit to City Hall, and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
On the 10th (Tue), head off the coast to Lady Musgrave Island, go for a walk through Paperbark Forest Walk, and then kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Agnes Water journey maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brisbane to Agnes Water. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Agnes Water, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Lady Musgrave Island
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
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Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Agnes Water to Fraser Island. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Broken Head Nature Reserve, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Fraser Island to Byron Bay by combination of car and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, Byron Bay is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve
Spas

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bondi.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Bondi

Bondi ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach, then kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, and then enjoy some diversion at Wylie's Baths.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bondi tour planner.

Bondi is just a stone's throw from Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Bondi are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bondi

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Wylie's Baths, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Wylie's Baths ©
Wylie's Baths

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Italian Museum and Historical Society, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, and take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi to Melbourne. Traveling from Bondi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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