35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

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

6
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.
You've added Cottesloe Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Trigg Beach and City Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fremantle Markets and Christmas 360. Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle Chocolate (in South Fremantle), Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham) and Bather's Beach Sunset Markets (in Fremantle). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve, look for gifts at Whistlers Chocolate Co, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hay Street Mall.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Perth day trip planner .

Denpasar, Indonesia to Perth is an approximately 7-hour flight. When traveling from Denpasar in April, plan for little chillier days in Perth, with highs around 31°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Scarborough Beach, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, Christmas 360, Illusionary Art
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Sunday Market Port Douglas, With Sugar, & more) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Our Animals Our Earth). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning site .

Getting from Perth to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in April, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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 discover tucked-away gems like Charter Yachts Australia and Whitsunday Islands. Get outdoors at Boathaven Beach and Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach. The adventure continues: get outside with Airlie Beach Day Trips - Bredl's Wild Farm Visit and browse the eclectic array of goods at Lions Airlie Beach Markets.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

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. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:
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Airlie Boat Hire ©
Airlie Boat Hire
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Boathaven Beach ©
Boathaven Beach

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridge and Balloon Rides. Do your shopping at Robina Town Shopping Centre and Marina Mirage. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). There's more to do: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane route builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in May since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Marina Mirage ©
Marina Mirage

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 8th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright and then stroll through Marcoola Beach. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Eumundi Markets, then look for gifts at The Real McCaul, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa road trip planning site .

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Eumundi, Point Cartwright, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

9
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 Manly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Wentworth Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson), Dirty Janes Bowral (in Bowral) and Bendooley Estate (in Berrima). The adventure continues: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, pick up some local products at The Rocks Markets, and look for gifts at Natural Necessity Surf Shop.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney online route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Stockland Shellharbour, Natural Necessity Surf Shop, Dirty Janes Bowral
Find places to stay May 10 — 19:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Dandenong Ranges National Park and Point Nepean National Park will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Collins St/Swanston St or Chadstone - The Fashion Capital. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Melbourne at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Chadstone - The Fashion Capital, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Point Nepean National Park
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park

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