35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Geraldton
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
10
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
14
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
16
Mosman
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
17
Palm Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
18
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle (The Fremantle Round House, Fremantle Prison, & more), Mandurah Cruises (in Mandurah) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). Pack the 6th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Basilica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, and explore the activities along Swan River.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planner .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Perth is 8 hours. When traveling from London in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Geraldton.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Caversham Wildlife Park, Tyler's Vineyard, Adventure World Perth Australia
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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Geraldton

Geraldton ©
Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424km north of Perth.At June 2015 Geraldton had an estimated urban population of 39,825. Change things up with a short trip to Oakabella Homestead in Northampton (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of HMAS Sydney II Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Geraldton, take in the exciting artwork at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Geraldton tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Perth to Geraldton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Geraldton sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Geraldton

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Central Greenough, Oakabella Homestead, Tea Rooms and Campground
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HMAS Sydney II Memorial ©
HMAS Sydney II Memorial
Museum of Geraldton ©
Museum of Geraldton
St Francis Xavier Cathedral ©
St Francis Xavier Cathedral

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Perth

Perth
To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Geraldton to Perth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Cairns on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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 12th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Perth to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Perth in December, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 16th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Mission Arts, then take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

Before you visit Mission Beach, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Port Douglas to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

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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.
On the 19th (Wed), make a trip to Riverway, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville trip planner.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Tours
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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 17th (Mon), stop by Whitsunday Opals and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Whitsunday Opals ©
Whitsunday Opals

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 20th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a splash at WetSide Water Park, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hervey Bay, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, don't miss a visit to Lone Goat Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally hike along Cape Byron Walking Track. Keep things going the next day: delve into the mystery of Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, explore the galleries of Thomgallery, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in December, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For reviews and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

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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 29th (Sat): meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic and then identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

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Mosman

Mosman
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mosman trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Mooloolaba to Mosman takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Mosman can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Palm Beach.

Things to do in Mosman

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Palm Beach

Palm Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Avalon Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then stroll through Palm Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Beach tour planner.

You can drive from Mosman to Palm Beach in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Palm Beach can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Avalon Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Avalon Beach ©
Avalon Beach
Barrenjoey Lighthouse ©
Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Palm Beach to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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