38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  25​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Mossman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Palm Cove
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Noosa
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Newark


3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coolangatta Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tugun Beach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip app .

Newark, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 15 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Newark in November: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 79°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Paramoor Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Works of Art. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Levantine Hill Winery (in Coldstream), Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong) and The Gold Museum (in Ballarat). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Rowanston on the Track Winery, examine the collection at Federation Square, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Rowanston on the Track Winery, Eastern Beach Reserve, Paramoor Winery, Spas & Wellness
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Shipwreck Galleries and Talijancich Wines. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro), Fremantle Markets (in Fremantle) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). Next up on the itinerary: choose your vessel at Mandurah Cruises, tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Beach, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth trip builder app .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect Perth to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Quinns Rocks Beach, Mandurah Cruises, Warnbro Beach, Back Beach
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

1
night
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossman visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Perth to Mossman. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Mossman due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mossman, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Spas & Wellness
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

Plan trip to Palm Cove with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Mossman to Palm Cove takes an hour. In December in Palm Cove, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Botanical Gardens, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Little Crystal Creek. Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and The Drill Hall Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, browse the exhibits of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Palm Cove to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Horseshoe Bay and Whitehaven Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Grays Bay and Mother Beddock Rock. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Australian National Maritime Museum and St. Mary's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Featherdale Wildlife Park and Terrigal Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Caves Beach (in Swansea) and Redhead Beach (in Redhead). There's lots more to do: stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sydney when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Terrigal Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Redhead Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
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Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits and Customs House Interpretive Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Hill of Promise Estate Winery. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Hervey Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Burrum Heads Beach, Hill of Promise Estate Winery
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

7
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hastings Street and Montville Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Buderim (Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage & Wirreanda Park), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, and hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Eumundi, Buderim, Montville, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

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