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
bus + Fly:  13​h
4
Exmouth
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  6​h 30​min
5
Rottnest Island
— Few hours
ferry + train:  1​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 2 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
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
12
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
13
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
14
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Calgary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): snap pictures at Story Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and finally explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

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

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

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Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Surfers Paradise road trip app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Surfers Paradise sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then make a trip to The Byron Bay Book Exchange, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Surfers Paradise in August, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay

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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): explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauritius Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Jurabi Turtle Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Turquoise Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bundegi Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Exmouth trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Exmouth in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay to Exmouth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Byron Bay in August, expect Exmouth to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Mauritius Beach ©
Mauritius Beach
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

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hours
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Rottnest Island trip planner .

Getting from Exmouth to Rottnest Island by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, Rottnest Island is little chillier than Exmouth - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. You'll set off for Perth on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at The University of Western Australia. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, then explore the activities along Swan River, and then kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Perth itinerary app .

Ride a ferry from Rottnest Island to Perth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Perth to Kangaroo Island in 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Kangaroo Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 12th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Royal Exhibition Building.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. August in Melbourne sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online journey planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Bondi

Bondi ©
For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bondi online tour itinerary planner .

Bondi is just a short distance from Sydney. August in Bondi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), 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
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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 20th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach holiday planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Bondi in August, expect Airlie Beach to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Beach Book Boutique ©
Beach Book Boutique

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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Port Douglas

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 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, then stop by With Sugar, then head outdoors with Horses in Port, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trinity Beach and Helicopter Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anzac Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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