33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
7
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Esperance
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  14​h
10
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
12
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
13
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Auckland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Whian Whian State Conservation Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Lighthouse Beach, Whian Whian State Conservation Area
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
You'll get in some beach time at Scotts Head Beach and Saltwater National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koala Hospital and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Step out of Port Macquarie to go to Hat Head and see Korogoro Walking Track, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Coastal walk and explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie itinerary planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Byron Bay in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Korogoro Walking Track, Scotts Head Beach, Saltwater National Park
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Watson's Bay and Shelly Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planning website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in May: highs in Sydney hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Hobart to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Port Arthur Historic Site, Richmond Gaol, Macquarie Island
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

Start your trip to Kangaroo Island by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hobart to Kangaroo Island in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Cave and Jewel Cave. Get in touch with nature at Mammoth Cave and Meelup Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Point, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, and stroll through Margaret River Mouth Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River holiday app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River in 11 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Meelup Beach, Surfers Point, Cowaramup Bay
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Anzac Centre and Rising Star Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Greens Pool and The Gap and Natural Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Saint John the Evangelist.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Albany tour planning tool .

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Nanarup Beach, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

3
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Le Grand National Park and Thistle Cove. You'll get in some beach time at Salmon Beach and Ten Mile Lagoon. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Haven Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Hellfire Bay.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Esperance online holiday maker .

Drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Esperance

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

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nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Johanna Beach and London Bridge. Step out of Port Campbell with an excursion to Mait's Rest in Apollo Bay--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge and make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Campbell trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Esperance to Port Campbell takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Esperance to Port Campbell, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mait's Rest, Twelve Apostles, Johanna Beach
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

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night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday app .

Getting from Port Campbell to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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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 28th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday planning site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. In May, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder site .

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 May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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