31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
9
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London


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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Step out of the city life by going to McCrae Beach and Melbourne Zoo. Change things up with a short trip to Somers Beach in Somers (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. Traveling from London in March, you will find days in Melbourne are warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

13th Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Somers Beach, McCrae Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Somers Beach ©
Somers Beach

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Katoomba attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney holiday maker website .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
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 Turners Beach and Broken Head Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Main Beach Yamba. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Yamba Pedal Boats (in Yamba) and Spooky Beach (in Angourie). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, stroll through Tallow Beach, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach, Spooky Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
On the 13th (Wed), play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
On the 16th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in March since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Airlie Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To plan Airlie Beach vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 22nd (Fri), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Magnetic Island trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Townsville online trip itinerary planner .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In March, daytime highs in Townsville are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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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.
On the 24th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trinity Beach and Paronella Park. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Babinda Boulders. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and get your game on at Jump Mania Trampoline Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip website .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Paronella Park, Babinda Boulders, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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