36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  22​h 30​min
2
Surfers Paradise
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Mermaid Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Caloundra
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Coolum Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  13​h
8
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Brussels

6
nights
Cairns

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 some historical perspective at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Visit Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Our Animals Our Earth (in Kuranda), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, view the masterpieces at Artistree Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Spy Camera Museum.

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Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in October, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Herberton, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Palm Cove Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
For shopping fun, head to Cavill Avenue Mall or Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Castle Glen Cellars. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Xscape Reality, buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Vincent's Catholic Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Surfers Paradise route website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Surfers Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Surfers Paradise is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Mermaid Beach.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Shopping Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Castle Glen Cellars
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Cavill Mall ©
Cavill Mall
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
St Vincent's Catholic Church ©
St Vincent's Catholic Church

2
nights
Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach ©
A suburb of the Gold Coast, Mermaid Beach offers a beach with relatively private sands near expensive properties lining the coastline.
On the 19th (Fri), shop like a local with Sanctuary Markets, enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, and finally look for gifts at Miami Marketta. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mermaid Beach tour itinerary planner.

Mermaid Beach is just a short distance from Surfers Paradise. In October in Mermaid Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mermaid Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Miami Marketta ©
Miami Marketta

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queen Street Mall and Newstead House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at King Island and State Library Of Queensland. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Mermaid Beach to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

King Island
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Shop till you drop at Kawana Shoppingworld and MaisyMoo. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Caloundra: Caboolture Historical Village (in Caboolture) and Maleny Cheese (in Maleny).

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Traveling by car from Brisbane to Caloundra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Caloundra, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coolum Beach.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny Cheese, Caboolture Historical Village, Kawana Shoppingworld, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

2
nights
Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach ©
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, and then look for gifts at Podie Pie. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Yandina Historic House, do a tasting at Flame Hill Vineyard, then view the masterpieces at Montville Art Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle, and finally hunt for treasures at Yandina Markets.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coolum Beach trip planner .

Getting from Caloundra to Coolum Beach by car takes about an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Montville, Yandina, Sunshine Castle, Maroochydore Beach, Podie Pie
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Noosa Marina Sunday Markets, then stroll through Noosa Main Beach, and then take a stroll through Hastings Street. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Everglades, stop by Belmondos Organic Market, and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip planning website .

Noosa is just a short distance from Coolum Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Do your shopping at The Nook and Bendooley Estate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Pass and Artemis Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Alexandra Reserve (in Mittagong), Bathurst (Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum & National Motor Racing Museum) and Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, stop by Moontree, and take a stroll through Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planning app .

Getting from Noosa to Katoomba by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. November in Katoomba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Leura, Bathurst, Mittagong, The National Pass, Bendooley Estate Book Barn
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum ©
National Motor Racing Museum ©
National Motor Racing Museum

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple. Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stop by Opal Minded, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Katoomba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple

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