32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kids will enjoy Questacon and National Zoo and Aquarium. Take a break from Canberra with a short trip to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, and get curious at Geoscience Australia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip tool .

Melbourne to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Melbourne in August since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Hawkesbury Regional Museum (in Windsor). There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and look and learn at Sydney Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour planner .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Canberra - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Trees Adventure Grose River Park, Jenolan Caves, Hawkesbury Regional Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Bring the kids along to Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations, Mooloolaba Beach, & more). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: get your game on at Laserzone Sunshine Coast, take in panoramic vistas at Mount Tinbeerwah, and explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kings Beach, Mount Ninderry, Laserzone Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Castle
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Australia Zoo and Big Kart Track. Step out of Maleny to go to Palmview and see The Ole Lollie Shop, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Maleny Dairies, look for all kinds of wild species at Obi Boardwalk, and examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory.

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You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

The Ole Lollie Shop, Australia Zoo, Kondalilla National Park, Big Kart Track, Mapleton Observatory
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
The Ole Lollie Shop ©
The Ole Lollie Shop

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Surfers Paradise Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, cool off at Dreamworld, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Gold Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay journey website .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Four Mile Beach and Myall Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Emu Ridge Gallery (in Kuranda), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Trinity Beach (in Trinity Beach). Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, head outdoors with Horses in Port, take in the dramatic scenery at Bloomfield Waterfall, and get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online tour builder .

Getting from Byron Bay to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Byron Bay in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Daintree Tea, Emu Ridge Gallery, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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