36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Princetown
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Albury
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Berry
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
River Heads
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
13
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
14
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Cape Hillsborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
16
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
17
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
18
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
19
Cairns
— 5 nights
End: Cairns


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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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Princetown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Princetown

Princetown
For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Princetown trip planner .

You can drive from Melbourne to Princetown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Albury.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Albury

Albury
Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Albury trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Princetown to Albury in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Albury are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Albury

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Gallery of Australia, ANZAC Parade Walk and Parliament of Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia.

To plan Canberra vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Albury to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Albury in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Berry.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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hours
Berry

Berry
With its historic buildings and leafy surrounds, Berry is a delightful village to visit year-round.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seven Mile Beach National Park. On the 25th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seven Mile Beach National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Berry travel route planner .

Drive from Canberra to Berry in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in July, with highs in Berry at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Berry

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Seven Mile Beach National Park
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga, about 1h 05 min away.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Berry to Sydney in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
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1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour route maker website .

Getting from Sydney to Coffs Harbour by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

1
night
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.
You've now added Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast tour builder .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

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nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carlo Sand Blow. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rainbow Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach takes 3 hours. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to River Heads.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow

1
night
River Heads

River Heads
For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our River Heads trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to River Heads in 2 hours. On the 5th (Mon), you're off toHervey Bay.

Things to do in River Heads

Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

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night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay road trip planning app .

Hervey Bay is just a short distance from River Heads. In August, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
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Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton trip planner .

You can take a train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Outdoors

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Wreck Point Scenic Lookout ©
Wreck Point Scenic Lookout

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nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Lamberts Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Lamberts Beach, and then kick back and relax at Town Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mackay trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You will leave for Cape Hillsborough on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lamberts Lookout ©
Lamberts Lookout
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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nights
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Platypus Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Smalleys Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Hillsborough trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mackay to Cape Hillsborough in an hour. August in Cape Hillsborough sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Platypus Beach
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Platypus Beach ©
Platypus Beach

1
night
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.
Plan trip to Airlie Beach with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cape Hillsborough in August since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Townsville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Townsville hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach road trip planner .

Getting from Townsville to Mission Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

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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.
Atherton Tablelands has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Josephine Falls and Lake Barrine. Visiting Babinda Boulders and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Birdworld Kuranda about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Figtree Playground and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, Babinda Boulders, Lake Barrine, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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