33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 45​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
9
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, and then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in Sydney hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
night
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 14th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

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Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and then head outdoors with The Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Childer's Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Campbell trip planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Childer's Cove
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Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Arch ©
The Arch

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Johanna Beach and then take a peaceful walk through The Redwoods. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Hopetoun Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Apollo Bay trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Melbourne.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Johanna Beach
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The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
Hopetoun Falls ©
Hopetoun Falls

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
On the 18th (Fri), make a trip to Flinders Street Station. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria and then stroll through Brighton Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Frankston Beach, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Babinda Boulders in Babinda (about 1 hour away). Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Cairns hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Babinda Boulders, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 27th (Sun), head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip itinerary website .

Getting from Cairns to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Spas. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Bay in Bowen, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Magnetic Island in October, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off toBrisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then take a stroll through West End.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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 6th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Victoria Park Nature Reserve, learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and finally kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel route 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. Traveling from Brisbane in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Spas
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bronte Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and then stroll through Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney travel route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in November, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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