36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
4
Long Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and stroll around Anzac Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island online trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

4
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.
Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Horseshoe Bay in Bowen--about 1h 20 min away. On the 28th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Long Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Long Island

Long Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): head off the coast to Molle Islands National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Long Island trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Long Island with the Route module. July in Long Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Long Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Molle Islands National Park ©
Molle Islands National Park

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, head off the coast to Waddy Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island vacation builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Long Island to Fraser Island. Expect little chillier evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Long Island in August, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Netherworld, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, SunJet Simulations, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Australia Zoo
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
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.
Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip builder tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Gold Coast in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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