30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blackheath
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

4
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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Centre for Photography capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, identify plant and animal life at Green Point Reserve, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney day trip site .

If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Blackheath

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
On the 8th (Mon), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Anvil Rock Lookout, take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and then trek along The Giant Stairway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blackheath tour planner .

Getting from Sydney to Blackheath by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, Blackheath is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Blackheath to Gold Coast with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Blackheath in July since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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.
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Queensland Air Museum (in Caloundra) and Pioneer Cottage Buderim (in Buderim). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Square, and get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pioneer Cottage Buderim, Queensland Air Museum
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Airlie Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Whitsunday Island. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 23:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Let the collections at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Cairns. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 27th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Four Mile Beach, stop by With Sugar, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and get outside with Horses in Port.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks and then engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online trip maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Sydney by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Powerhouse Museum ©
Powerhouse Museum
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Hyde Park Barracks Museum ©
Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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