36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Lamington National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ipswich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Gatton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Somerset
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Caboolture
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
13
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  42​h
End: Sydney

8
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bouddi National Park and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Relax by the water at Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Shelly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Whale Beach (in Whale Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Bronte Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Australian Reptile Park, Bouddi National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 16:
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then experience rural life at Summerland House Farm, then take a peaceful walk through Victoria Park Nature Reserve, and finally view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, admire the sheer force of Killen Falls, then make a trip to The Byron Bay Book Exchange, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Circus Arts Byron Bay.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Alstonville, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Killen Falls
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

2
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.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Byron Bay to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Byron Bay in July, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Room Escape Games
Queensland Maritime Museum ©
Queensland Maritime Museum

1
night
Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Darlington Park, then identify plant and animal life at O'Reillys Birds of Prey, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Lamington National Park itinerary website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Lamington National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Darlington Park
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:
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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

2
nights
Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. On the 23rd (Tue), grab your bike and head to Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ipswich Nature Centre, then learn about winemaking at Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, and then grab your bike and head to Hidden Vale Adventure Park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ipswich trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Lamington National Park to Ipswich in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lamington National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ipswich, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Gatton.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Hidden Vale Adventure Park ©
Hidden Vale Adventure Park
Ipswich Nature Centre ©
Ipswich Nature Centre

1
night
Gatton

Gatton ©
Gatton is a town and the administrative centre of the Lockyer Valley local government area situated in the Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): ride a horse along Fordsdale horseback Adventures, get engrossed in the history at Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Gatton and District Historical Village.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gatton trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Ipswich to Gatton in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Gatton are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Somerset.

Things to do in Gatton

Museums Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:
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Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre ©
Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

1
night
Somerset

Somerset ©
On the 26th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Somerset Regional Art Gallery - The Condensery, then do a tasting at Winya Wines, and then admire the engineering at Somerset Dam.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Somerset trip builder tool .

Getting from Gatton to Somerset by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Caboolture.

Things to do in Somerset

Parks Wineries Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
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Somerset Dam ©
Somerset Dam
Winya Wines ©
Winya Wines

2
nights
Caboolture

Caboolture ©
Caboolture is a town and suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): trek along Obi Boardwalk, then take in the exciting artwork at Art on Cairncross, and then stroll through Kings Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Strawberry Fields and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Caboolture itinerary planner .

Getting from Somerset to Caboolture by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Somerset in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Caboolture, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Caboolture

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maleny, Strawberry Fields, Chenrezig Institute, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Strawberry Fields ©
Strawberry Fields
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
On the 29th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Buckleys Hole Conservation Park, tee off at Bribie Island Golf Club, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Eric the Emu, and then stroll through Banksia Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island road trip planner .

Getting from Caboolture to Bribie Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Bribie Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Bribie Island Golf Club ©
Bribie Island Golf Club
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park ©
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dunwich Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Myora Springs Conservation Area, and finally make a trip to Amity Point Jetty. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cylinder Beach and then explore the activities along Brown Lake.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read North Stradbroke Island trip builder website .

You can drive from Bribie Island to North Stradbroke Island in 4.5 hours. July in North Stradbroke Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery

3
nights
Townsville

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 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Townsville trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from North Stradbroke Island to Townsville. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from North Stradbroke Island in August, with highs in Townsville at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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.
On the 4th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Birdworld Kuranda, Cathedral Fig Tree, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 8th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): make a splash at Big Buoy Water Park, then admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Buley Rockhole.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin holiday builder website .

Drive from Cairns to Darwin in 29 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Safaris

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