30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 19 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 30​min
4
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Shoal Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll through The Giant Stairway.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Katoomba day trip planning tool .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In December in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Bilpin Cider Company, Megalong Creek Estate
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

19
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Bouddi National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: The Crommelin Native Arboretum (in Pearl Beach), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Berowra Valley National Park. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manly, Mosman, Berowra Valley National Park, The Crommelin Native Arboretum, Blues Point Reserve
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Hastings Street and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles and then explore and take pictures at Loch Ard Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Lorne Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Apollo Bay road trip site .

Getting from Noosa to Apollo Bay by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Loch Ard Gorge, Lorne Beach, Twelve Apostles
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach

3
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fingal Bay Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Barry Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Stockton Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Jimmy's Beach, then kick back and relax at Bennetts Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Winda Woppa Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shoal Bay trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Apollo Bay to Shoal Bay. January in Shoal Bay sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Fingal Bay, Stockton Sand Dunes
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Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

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