33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  3​h
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
13
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cardiff

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Cardiff, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 8th (Sat), tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Tours Transportation Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

1
night
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 9th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors
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Speed Boats Tours

1
night
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 10th (Mon): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip builder tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Golf Outdoors Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island holiday maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lows Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 20th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, and finally get great views at Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ). Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach.

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You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Maleny are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then stroll through Broken Head Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 30th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandridge Beach, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Byron Bay - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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