34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
5
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + train:  5​h 45​min
7
Beerwah
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: Birmingham

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip website .

Birmingham, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Birmingham to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in August, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

8
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Visit The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, stroll through South Cronulla Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

North Cronulla Beach, Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park, The National Pass
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 4:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 5th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planning site .

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
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.
Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get some cultural insight at Fingal Head Lighthouse and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Byron Bay by combination of car and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. September in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Daintree Discovery Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Safaris, & more). Spend the 11th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online travel route planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Byron Bay in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
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've now added Cruise Whitsundays to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then discover the deep blue sea with Cruise Whitsundays. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Cruise Whitsundays ©
Cruise Whitsundays
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
nights
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australia Zoo. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Beerwah trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Beerwah takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in September since evenings lows in Beerwah dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Castle, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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