34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
4
Darwin
— 5 nights
5
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like GOMA and Museum of Brisbane. Explore hidden gems such as Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planning site .

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Brisbane. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre ©

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of New South Wales and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 Eastern Beach Reserve and Balloon Rides. You'll explore and learn at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Shrine of Remembrance. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat, approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

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

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 57°F and lows are around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Balloon Rides
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Defence of Darwin Experience and Adelaide River War Cemetery. Head to Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and The Book Shop Darwinfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Mindil Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, and see the interesting displays at 1934 Qantas Hangar.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Darwin at 88°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 19th (Wed), head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

Discover how to plan a Townsville trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Darwin to Townsville in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Darwin in June, with highs in Townsville at 78°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island driving holiday planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In June, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online travel planner .

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Magnetic Island in June: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then get your game on at Sports Club. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island journey builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. June in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

7
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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Crystal Caves, Historic Village Herberton, Cathedral Fig Tree
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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