30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Mackay
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay.

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Helsinki, Finland to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Helsinki to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Helsinki in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

1
night
Mackay

Mackay
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mackay planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Mackay. In March in Mackay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Fraser Island. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 19th (Tue), you're off toNoosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noosa journey maker website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Belmondos Organic Market ©
Belmondos Organic Market

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dicky Beach and Shorncliffe Beach. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Queen Street Mall, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, and make a trip to Cathedral Square.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Kurrawa Beach and Greenmount Beach. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, explore the galleries of Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and head outdoors with Pelican Feeding.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast route app .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

3
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.
Relax by the water at Broken Head Beach and Lighthouse Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and Pat Morton Lookout. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Nimbin Rocks (in Nimbin) and Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Nimbin Rocks, Lighthouse Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scotts Head Beach and Diggers beach. Escape the urban bustle at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk and Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, view the masterpieces at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scotts Head Beach, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Two Tails Wines
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

3
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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.
On the 5th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Manly Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

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

Fly from Coffs Harbour to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Manly
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Zoo. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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