31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bellingen
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Noosa North Shore
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
7
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
11
Mossman
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip website .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Govetts Leap, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

2
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the galleries of Port Stephens Community Art Centre, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fingal Bay Beach. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, kick back and relax at Zenith Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Nelson Bay trip tool .

Drive from Katoomba to Nelson Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Nelson Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bellingen.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

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nights
Bellingen

Bellingen ©
Bellingen is a small town on Waterfall Way on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Theblackhole, do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk, then explore the activities along Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, and finally kick back and relax at Shelly Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Bowraville Folk Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, then experience rural life at Valley of the Mist, and finally kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bellingen trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Bellingen takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bellingen

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Bowraville, Urunga, Valley of the Mist, Scotts Head Beach, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Theblackhole ©
Theblackhole
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum ©
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum
Bowraville Folk Museum ©
Bowraville Folk Museum

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Bellingen to Fraser Island with the Route module. Traveling from Bellingen in December, you will find days in Fraser Island are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Noosa North Shore.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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day
Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore ©
On the 14th (Mon), catch some excitement at Noosa Horses and then choose your vessel at Lake Escapades.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Noosa North Shore travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Noosa North Shore. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Noosa North Shore

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Lake Escapades
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Lake Escapades ©
Lake Escapades
Noosa Horses ©
Noosa Horses

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 15th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Caloundra day trip planning website .

You can drive from Noosa North Shore to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Caloundra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim Forest Park, Peregian Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

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nights
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 (Fri): 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 enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island road trip planning tool .

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. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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nights
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 (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

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day
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Wonga Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mossman vacation builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Mossman. In December, daytime highs in Mossman are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

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nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mossman to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Walu Wugirriga Lookout ©
Walu Wugirriga Lookout

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Cairns

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.
Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Historic Village Herberton and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Millaa Millaa Lookout (in Millaa Millaa). Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Paronella Park, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Millaa Millaa Lookout, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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