36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h
1
Wyndham Vale
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Bowen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yeppoon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Bundaberg
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h 15​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Alexandra Headland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
16
Goondiwindi
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
17
Dubbo
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
18
Melbourne
— 4 nights
End: Melbourne


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Wyndham Vale

Wyndham Vale ©
Wyndham Vale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Wyndham local government area. On the 1st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Mount Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre and then let little ones run wild at Presidents Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wyndham Vale trip planner .

Melbourne to Wyndham Vale is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Wyndham Vale

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mount Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre
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Presidents Park ©
Presidents Park

1
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Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): let little ones run wild at Bowen Water Park Playground, enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bowen trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wyndham Vale to Bowen. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Wyndham Vale in November, with highs in Bowen at 37°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Bowen Water Park Playground ©
Bowen Water Park Playground

3
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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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 4th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Bowen to Airlie Beach by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Bowen in November, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be somewhat warmer, around 27°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 10th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, stroll through The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Townsville by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

1
night
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): ponder the design of Keppel Kraken, then kick back and relax at Yeppoon Main Beach, then head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon, and finally kick back and relax at Farnborough Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yeppoon visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Yeppoon. Traveling from Townsville in November, Yeppoon is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Alexandra Park Zoo, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then let the kids burn off some steam at Turtle Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Bundy Bowl and Leisure Complex.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bundaberg visit site .

Traveling by car from Yeppoon to Bundaberg takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yeppoon in November, expect nights in Bundaberg to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Fun & Games Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Turtle Park
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Bundy Bowl and Leisure Complex ©
Bundy Bowl and Leisure Complex
Alexandra Park Zoo ©
Alexandra Park Zoo
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

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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 17th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip maker site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alexandra Headland.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland ©
Alexandra Headland is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, located in the Maroochydore urban centre between Maroochydore CBD and Mooloolaba.The suburb consists of several restaurants, a bowling alley, resorts and the shortest beach in the Maroochy district. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): perfect your strike at Suncity Tenpin, make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, then let the kids burn off some steam at Buderim Lions Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Rockit Climbing Gym.

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

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Alexandra Headland with the Route module. November in Alexandra Headland sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Alexandra Headland

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Buderim Lions Park, Rockit Climbing Gym, Aqua Park Bli Bli
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Suncity Tenpin ©
Suncity Tenpin
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, get your game on at Laserzone Sunshine Coast, and then have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Alexandra Headland to Noosa in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Laserzone Sunshine Coast
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): hike along Obi Boardwalk, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo, and then take some stellar pictures from Gerrards Lookout. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kondalilla National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Maleny trip maker website .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kondalilla National Park, Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Obi Boardwalk ©
Obi Boardwalk

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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 26th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Maleny to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer ©
Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Dreamworld and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goondiwindi.

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
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi
→←Goondiwindi is a town and a locality in the Goondiwindi Region, Queensland, Australia.. For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goondiwindi route planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Goondiwindi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toDubbo.

Things to do in Goondiwindi

Tours Theme Parks Parks
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Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shoyoen Japanese Garden.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dubbo journey planner.

You can drive from Goondiwindi to Dubbo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Shoyoen Japanese Garden ©
Shoyoen Japanese Garden

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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 Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning tool .

You can fly from Dubbo to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Melbourne is slightly colder than Dubbo - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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