32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Surfers Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  10​h 30​min
4
Rottnest Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
10
Bondi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 30​min
11
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
12
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
13
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Calgary

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and Queensland Art Gallery. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane vacation website .

Calgary, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. When traveling from Calgary in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

2
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
On the 1st (Wed), stroll through Kurrawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Surfers Paradise attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Surfers Paradise are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Truly Tea.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planning site .

You can drive from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Surfers Paradise in August since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rottnest Island trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Byron Bay to Rottnest Island by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Byron Bay to Rottnest Island. In August, daytime highs in Rottnest Island are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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The Basin ©
The Basin

2
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): cruise along Cape Range National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Turquoise Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Ningaloo Gallery, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Exmouth day trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rottnest Island to Exmouth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rottnest Island in August; daily highs in Exmouth reach 32°C and lows reach 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Perth.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Range National Park
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Shark Diving
Cape Range National Park ©
Cape Range National Park

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at City Beach, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockingham Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Perth route planner.

Traveling by flight from Exmouth to Perth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Exmouth in August, with highs in Perth at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

City Beach, Trigg Beach, Helicopter Tours, Rockingham Beach
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
City Beach ©
City Beach
Trigg Beach ©
Trigg Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Stokes Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Sahara, and then kick back and relax at Island Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Perth to Kangaroo Island takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
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Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse ©
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Ballarat to see Ballarat Wildlife Park about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Ballarat Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Room Escape Games

4
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 Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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night
Bondi

Bondi ©
To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bondi trip website .

Bondi is just a short distance from Sydney. In August in Bondi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bondi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach Picnic Adventure, and finally shop like a local with Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

Before you visit Airlie Beach, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi to Airlie Beach. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bondi in August; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Beach Book Boutique ©
Beach Book Boutique

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night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then stroll through Catseye Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Jaques Coffee Plantation. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). It doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns vacation builder tool .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Historic Village Herberton, Rex Lookout
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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