39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: London

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Step out of the city life by going to McCrae Beach and Ocean Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Somers Beach (in Somers), Daylesford (Lake Daylesford, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Rye Ocean Beach (in Mornington). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Rye Ocean Beach, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect nights in Melbourne to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daylesford, Somers Beach, 13th Beach, Rye Ocean Beach, McCrae Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Rye Ocean Beach ©
Rye Ocean 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary app .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
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.
Visit Turners Beach and Lighthouse Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Byron Walking Track and Main Beach Yamba. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Bexhill Open Air Cathedral (in Bexhill), Spooky Beach (in Angourie) and Summerland House Farm (in Alstonville). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip app .

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. March in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach, Summerland House Farm
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing
Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Castle Glen Cellars. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and get your game on at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Castle Glen Cellars
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Noosa online day trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, Mooloolaba Beach, Mount Ninderry
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

1
night
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 11th (Thu): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and finally admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Kayaking & Canoeing. We've included these beaches for you: Grays Bay and Horseshoe Bay. Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Airlie Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island online trip itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and stop by Australian Leather Company.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip site .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at Agincourt Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Aboriginal Fine Arts, examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar, then brush up on your military savvy at East Point Military Museum, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and finally take in the natural beauty of Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Darwin vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in April: highs in Darwin hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Photography Tours
Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park ©

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, examine the collection at The Residency, explore the galleries of Yubu Napa Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Araluen Cultural Precinct, then view the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in April, expect nights in Alice Springs to be colder, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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