32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  26​h
1
Adelaide
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
car:  9​h
3
Kingston SE
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Eumundi
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 15​min
12
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
13
Gladstone
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
14
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
15
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
16
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
17
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Copenhagen

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Aldinga Beach, then stroll through Maslin Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Wirra Wirra Vineyards. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Henley Beach, then wander the streets of North Terrace, and then contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide holiday planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Adelaide is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) is 8 hours. In January, Adelaide is much hotter than Copenhagen - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Maslin Beach, Aldinga Beach, Henley Beach, Wirra Wirra Vineyards
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stop by Drift On Bliss, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, then do a tasting at Bay of Shoals Winery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kangaroo Island Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, then sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fine Art Kangaroo Island.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kingston SE.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Spirits ©
Kangaroo Island Spirits

1
night
Kingston SE

Kingston SE ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Ralph Fowler Wines, learn about winemaking at Cape Jaffa Wines, then do a tasting at Wangolina, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, and finally make a trip to The Big Lobster.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kingston SE planner .

Explore your travel options from Kangaroo Island to Kingston SE with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kingston SE

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Robe
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Ralph Fowler Wines ©
Ralph Fowler Wines
Cape Jaffa Wines ©
Cape Jaffa Wines
Wangolina ©
Wangolina

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, then head outdoors with The Arch, and then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge.

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Getting from Kingston SE to Port Campbell by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bay of Martyrs
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
The Arch ©
The Arch

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): hike along Great Otway National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Apollo Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Great Otway National Park
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Great Otway National Park ©
Great Otway National Park

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Torquay Farmers' Market, then look for gifts at The Mill Markets, then enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fisherman's Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Torquay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Mill Markets, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Torquay Farmers' Market ©
Torquay Farmers' Market

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.
Relax by the water at Somers Beach and Brighton Beach. For shopping fun, head to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery or Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden. Step out of Melbourne to go to Pearcedale and see Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at St Paul's Cathedral, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner.

Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Somers Beach, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden ©
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden

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.
The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to The Bay Tree Gallery or Gallery One88. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Clovelly, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online attractions planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, The Bay Tree Gallery, Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
On the 28th (Mon), look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then take a stroll through West End, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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West End ©
West End
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

1
night
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 29th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and then stroll through Wategos Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in January since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Eumundi

Eumundi ©
Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Eumundi trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Eumundi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Eumundi

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Eumundi to Fraser Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
day
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, then get great views at Round Hill Lookout, then learn about winemaking at Gecko Valley Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Canoe Point Beach and Parklands.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gladstone travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Gladstone. In February, daily temperatures in Gladstone can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Wineries

Side Trip

Canoe Point Beach and Parklands
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
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Auckland Hill Lookout ©
Auckland Hill Lookout
Round Hill Lookout ©
Round Hill Lookout

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, then browse the exhibits of Rockhampton Art Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rockhampton tour builder site .

Getting from Gladstone to Rockhampton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:
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Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, then browse the different shops at Caneland Central Shopping Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackay route planner.

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Mackay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, daytime highs in Mackay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Shopping Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Caneland Central Shopping Centre ©
Caneland Central Shopping Centre
Let the Children Play Toyshop ©
Let the Children Play Toyshop

1
night
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 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Townsville. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders and then hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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