33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Old Bar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Mackay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, then stroll through Shelly Beach, then learn more about the world around you at The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, then see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey site .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from London in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Manly
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Briar Ridge Vineyard, do a tasting at Tulloch Wines, then do a tasting at GunDog Estate, then do a tasting at Hanging Tree Wines, and finally examine the collection at Lost in the 50's Car Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Constable Estate Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines Broke Road, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Briar Ridge Vineyard, Wine Tours & Tastings, Lost in the 50's Car Museum
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Briar Ridge Vineyard ©
Briar Ridge Vineyard
Gundog Estate ©
Gundog Estate
Tulloch Wines ©
Tulloch Wines

2
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises, then enjoy the sea views from Seal Rocks Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Green Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at One Mile Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at The Coastal Brewing Co, then kick back and relax at Elizabeth Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Boomerang Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Forster vacation planner.

You can drive from Newcastle to Forster in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Old Bar.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Seal Rocks Lighthouse, The Green Cathedral, Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach, Great Lakes Museum
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One Mile Beach ©
One Mile Beach
Seal Rocks Lighthouse ©
Seal Rocks Lighthouse
The Green Cathedral ©
The Green Cathedral

1
night
Old Bar

Old Bar
Old Bar is a coastal town in New South Wales, Australia in Mid-Coast Council. Saltwater National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Saltwater National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Old Bar visit app .

Drive from Forster to Old Bar in an hour. In May in Old Bar, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Old Bar

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Old Bottlebutt, then do a tasting at Long Point Vineyard, then putt your heart out at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of The Slim Dusty Centre, then kick back and relax at Horsehoe Bay Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Old Bar to Port Macquarie in an hour. When traveling from Old Bar 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Bottlebutt, Horsehoe Bay Beach, The Slim Dusty Centre
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then kick back and relax at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip website .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in May, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
National Cartoon Gallery ©
National Cartoon Gallery

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In May in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as South Brisbane Memorial Park and Albert Street Uniting Church. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a stroll through West End, get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning tool .

Fly from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Maritime Museum ©
Queensland Maritime Museum

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nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, then stroll through Woodgate Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Palace Backpackers Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Fairymead House Sugar History Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alexandra Park Zoo, stroll through Alexandra Park, then identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos, and finally browse the collection at Bundaberg Regional Libraries.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Palace Backpackers Memorial
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Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
Fairymead House Sugar History Museum ©

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nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, learn about winemaking at Gecko Valley Winery, then explore the activities along Lake Awoonga, then get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, and finally enjoy some diversion at East Shores Water Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Cattle Island National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gladstone sightseeing tool .

Drive from Bundaberg to Gladstone in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gladstone are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wild Cattle Island National Park, Lake Awoonga
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Lake Awoonga ©
Lake Awoonga
Wild Cattle Island National Park ©
Wild Cattle Island National Park
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum ©

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 24th (Fri), stroll through Anzac Plaza Emu Park, then make a trip to Singing Ship, then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Etna Caves National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Yeppoon Main Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rockhampton trip planner .

Getting from Gladstone to Rockhampton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Emu Park, Yeppoon Main Beach
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Mount Etna Caves National Park ©
Mount Etna Caves National Park
Singing Ship ©
Singing Ship

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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Melba House, kick back and relax at Smalleys Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gooseponds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mackay General Cemetery, stroll through Town Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Lookout, then kick back and relax at Lamberts Beach, and finally look for gifts at Fredericks Showcase Space.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mackay trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rockhampton to Mackay by car takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Melba House, Smalleys Beach
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Mackay General Cemetery ©
Mackay General Cemetery

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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 28th (Tue): stroll through The Strand, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland, browse the exhibits of Pinnacles Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of The Drill Hall Studio, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Townsville attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Townsville. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Cove Beach and St Monica's Cathedral. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Birdworld Kuranda about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder website .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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