36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
1
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Victor Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mount Gambier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Johanna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Mallacoota
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
15
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
16
Cairns
— 7 nights
End: Cairns

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 18th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market and then catch a live event at Adelaide Oval.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Adelaide International Airport. July in Adelaide sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. You'll set off for Cape Jervis on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Adelaide

Shopping Historic Sites
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Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

2
nights
Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor ©
Victor Harbor is a town in South Australia on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 km south of the centre of Adelaide. On the 20th (Sat), kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach, then do a tasting at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at McLaren Vale III Associates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Granite Island, then meet the residents at Urimbirra Wildlife Park, then do a tasting at Fox Creek Wines, and finally do a tasting at Alpha Box & Dice.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Victor Harbor trip planner .

Drive from Adelaide to Victor Harbor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Victor Harbor

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Aldinga Beach
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Urimbirra Wildlife Park ©
Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Fox Creek Wines ©
Fox Creek Wines

2
nights
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, then take in panoramic vistas at Centenary Tower, and then steep yourself in history at Petticoat Lane. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along The Blue Lake, then appreciate the views at The Valley Lake, then get lost in a book at Mount Gambier Public Library, and finally Head underground at Cave Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mount Gambier trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Victor Harbor to Mount Gambier by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Johanna.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petticoat Lane
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Umpherston Sinkhole ©
Umpherston Sinkhole
The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Centenary Tower ©
Centenary Tower

1
night
Johanna

Johanna ©
Johanna is a small town on the coast of Victoria, Australia located west of Cape Otway in the Colac Otway Shire. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hopetoun Falls as well as Johanna Beach. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Johanna Beach, admire the sheer force of Hopetoun Falls, and then get great views at Twelve Apostles.

Planning Johanna trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mount Gambier to Johanna takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Johanna

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hopetoun Falls, Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Hopetoun Falls ©
Hopetoun Falls

3
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne route planner.

Traveling by car from Johanna to Melbourne takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Mallacoota.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Mallacoota

Mallacoota
Tucked away on a beautiful inlet in far-east Gippsland is Mallacoota, a popular year-round coastal destination that enjoys Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer, with the bonus of its proximity to the magnificent Croajingolong National Park.
On the 28th (Sun), hike along Genoa Peak Walk and then stroll through Mallacoota Coastal Walks.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mallacoota online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Mallacoota. July in Mallacoota sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 29th (Mon), you're off toCanberra.

Things to do in Mallacoota

Trails Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Genoa Peak Walk
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2
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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Telstra Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Mallacoota to Canberra in 4.5 hours. In July, Canberra is a bit cooler than Mallacoota - with highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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.
Blue Mountains Tours has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Chinese Garden of Friendship ©
Chinese Garden of Friendship

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour vacation app .

You can fly from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for Brisbane on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Keep things going the next day: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour itinerary planning site .

Fly from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 8th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to The Pier, and then stop by Mind, Body and Soul. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Australiana Cottage Crafts.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Pier ©
The Pier
Australiana Cottage Crafts ©
Australiana Cottage Crafts

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton travel route tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): cool off at Bluewater Lagoon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluewater Trail. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds.

To plan Mackay vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Find out how to plan Airlie Beach trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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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 14th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Castle Hill and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

Make your Townsville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Townsville hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Muddy's Playground. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker app .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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