32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Eungella
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Rockhampton
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
North Stradbroke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Newcastle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Sydney
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Millaa Millaa Falls and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: make a trip to Freshwater Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mareeba, Millaa Millaa Falls, Spy & Camera Museum
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Millaa Millaa Falls ©
Millaa Millaa Falls
Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): stop by With Sugar, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Photography Tours
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Photography Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bowling Green Bay National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bowling Green Bay National Park
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Bowling Green Bay National Park ©
Bowling Green Bay National Park
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
day
Eungella

Eungella ©
On the 24th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Forest Flying and then explore the striking landscape of Broken River.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Eungella day trip planning site .

You can drive from Townsville to Eungella in 5 hours. Traveling from Townsville in July, Eungella is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Eungella

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Forest Flying
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Forest Flying ©
Forest Flying

3
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 25th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and then meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Anzac Plaza Emu Park, make a trip to Singing Ship, then go for a walk through Bluff Point Walking Track, then take some stellar pictures from Fan Rock Lookout, and finally get great views at Wreck Point Scenic Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Eungella to Rockhampton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Rockhampton, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Emu Park, Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park ©
Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip builder tool .

Getting from Rockhampton to Fraser Island by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roma Street Parkland and Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer. Spend the 2nd (Fri) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Tours Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Distillery Tours
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the activities along Brown Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frenchman's Beach, then get great views at North Gorge Walk, then take a leisurely stroll along Amity Point Jetty, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Dunwich Cemetery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the North Stradbroke Island trip planner .

Drive from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island in 3 hours. In August in North Stradbroke Island, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay holiday maker website .

Drive from North Stradbroke Island to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from North Stradbroke Island in August since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Forest Sky Pier and Dorrigo National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Ebor Falls (in Ebor) and South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Trial Bay Gaol). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Urunga, South West Rocks, Ebor Falls, Dorrigo National Park, Two Tails Wines
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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Dorrigo National Park ©
Dorrigo National Park
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

5
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Newcastle Memorial Walk and Gan Gan Lookout. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle: Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay), Seal Rocks Lighthouse (in Seal Rocks) and Nelson Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve, examine the collection at Miss Porter's House, go for a walk through Bathers Way Coastal Walk, and explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Nelson Bay, Tomaree Head, Speers Point Park, Seal Rocks Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney online itinerary planner .

Drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sydney are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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