31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Rockhampton
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at ANZAC Parade Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Canberra holiday planner .

Sydney to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get slightly colder in Canberra: highs are around 15°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Canberra to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in August, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, look for gifts at CoffeeWorks, and head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Townsville planner .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Queensland, Bowling Green Bay National Park
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

4
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Explore Rockhampton's surroundings by going to Yeppoon (Coastal Funk & Yeppoon Lagoon) and Langmorn Station (in Raglan). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Eubenangee Swamp National Park. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, stroll through Alkoomi Adventure Farm, and learn more about the world around you at FLOW Visitors Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Rockhampton online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Rockhampton, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Eubenangee Swamp National Park, Langmorn Station
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Eubenangee Swamp National Park ©
Eubenangee Swamp National Park
Alkoomi Adventure Farm ©
Alkoomi Adventure Farm
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfer's Paradise Beach) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rockhampton in August: highs in Brisbane hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
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.
Port Macquarie is known for wildlife, historic sites, outdoors, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Moorebeer Brewing Co..

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie travel planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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