37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

4
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 some cultural insight at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Spend the 22nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shaolin Junk Cruises, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 26th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, get outside with Horses in Port, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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 29th (Mon), stroll through Castle Hill and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Townsville when traveling from Port Douglas in July, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 30th (Tue), kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island online journey planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

3
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 the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 1st (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Magnetic Island in July: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island online journey maker .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Lake McKenzie. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. August in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Buderim Forest Park. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Mooloolaba to see Mooloolaba Beach about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, take a stroll through Wynnum Esplanade, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane visit app .

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. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach, Wynnum Esplanade
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The Rocks and Olympia Milk Bar will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Becket Church, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and St Paul's Cathedral. Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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