34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Denpasar, Bali
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + train + bus:  8​h
4
Noosa
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Auckland


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5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cottesloe Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and other attractions. Head to Fremantle Markets and Ocean Keys Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Swan River and Matilda Bay Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to The Margaret River Chocolate Company & Providore (in West Swan) and Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trigg Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Garden City Shopping Centre, stroll through City Beach, and look for gifts at London Court.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip planner.

Denpasar, Indonesia to Perth is an approximately 7-hour flight. While traveling from Denpasar, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Matilda Bay Reserve, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, Cottesloe Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

3
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.
On the 25th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 25°C. On the 27th (Fri), you're off toAirlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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 get in some beach time at Greys Bay and Horseshoe Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach Picnic Adventure. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Lions Airlie Beach Markets.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 1st (Tue), stop by Belmondos Organic Market. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Eumundi Markets, stroll through Noosa Main Beach, and then take a stroll through Hastings Street.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa visit app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Noosa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

The Original Eumundi Markets, Point Cartwright, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

3
nights
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.
Visit Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to King Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, snap pictures at Story Bridge, and wander the streets of Queen Street Mall.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Brisbane are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Caloundra, King Island
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

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.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World, and then view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel 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. In May, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Tropical Fruit World, Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World

7
nights
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 Terrigal Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wanda Beach (in Cronulla), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Wanda Beach, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay May 9 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bells Beach and Dandenong Ranges National Park. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bells Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

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