34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Fitzroy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dromana
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Smiths Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
10
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

5
nights
Fitzroy

Fitzroy ©
Fitzroy is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra. Get outdoors at Yea Wetlands and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Y Water Discovery Centre and Redwood Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fitzroy: Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (in Lilydale), Maddens Rise (in Coldstream) and Crumbz Craft (in Healesville). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm, steep yourself in history at Abbotsford Convent, take an in-depth tour of Marysville & District Historical Society, and stroll around Edinburgh gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fitzroy driving holiday planning website .

Calgary, Canada to Fitzroy is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Fitzroy is 17 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in October, with highs in Fitzroy at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dromana.

Things to do in Fitzroy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Warburton, Yea, Fishing Charters & Tours, Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, Marysville & District Historical Society
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm ©
Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm
Fishing Charters & Tours
Y Water Discovery Centre ©
Y Water Discovery Centre

1
night
Dromana

Dromana
To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dromana route planning app .

Drive from Fitzroy to Dromana in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will leave for Smiths Beach on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Dromana

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Smiths Beach

Smiths Beach ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Smiths Beach trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Dromana to Smiths Beach takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Smiths Beach

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, Seal Rock
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
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Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

3
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): hike along Abrahams Bosom Reserve, kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape St George Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Murrays Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Bay & Basin Leisure Centre, trek along White Sands Walk, and then kick back and relax at Collingwood Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jervis Bay trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Smiths Beach to Jervis Bay. Traveling from Smiths Beach in October, you will find days in Jervis Bay are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Abrahams Bosom Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Abrahams Bosom Reserve ©
Abrahams Bosom Reserve
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Palm Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and admire the striking features of Olympia Milk Bar.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary site .

Getting from Jervis Bay to Sydney by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Jervis Bay in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Terrigal Beach, Tamarama Beach
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Green Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Booti Booti National Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at The Coastal Brewing Co. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Colin Wren Oysters, then get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Rocks, and finally head outdoors with Forster Marina.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Forster tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Forster takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Forster when traveling from Sydney in October, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Green Cathedral, Colin Wren Oysters
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Forster Marina ©
Forster Marina
The Green Cathedral ©
The Green Cathedral
Booti Booti National Park ©
Booti Booti National Park

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Maroochydore Beach and Bulcock Beach. Get some historical perspective at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of West End, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and see the interesting displays at Opal Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Forster to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Forster in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rockhampton vacation planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Rockhampton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in October: highs in Rockhampton hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Wildlife Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rockhampton in October: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Monica's Cathedral and Atherton Tablelands. Get outdoors at Opal Reef and Babinda Boulders. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Yungaburra (Cathedral Fig Tree & The Peterson Creek Walking Track), Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Yungaburra, Crystal Cascades, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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