30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Travel:  35​h
1
Whitsunday Island
— 4 nights
Travel:  3​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Hill Inlet and Whitsunday Islands National Park. Get in touch with nature at Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island day trip planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 35-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Whitsunday Island is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Christchurch in October, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Whitsunday Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

3
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 23rd (Tue): head outdoors with Jetryder, then stroll through Catseye Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, and then get your game on at Sports Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Sports Club ©
Sports Club

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Maroochydore Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Bulcock Beach and Moffat Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe), Spas & Wellness (in Maroochydore) and Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve). There's more to do: get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip builder .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in October since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maroochydore, Caloundra, Maleny, Bee Gees Way, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Tugun Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to North Tamborine and see Glow Worm Caves, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Glow Worm Caves
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turners Beach and Spooky Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Broken Head Beach and Wategos Beach. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Yamba (Pippi Beach & Main Beach Yamba), Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, stop by Truly Tea, and identify plant and animal life at Pat Morton Lookout.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay journey planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Lighthouse Beach
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bronte Beach, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in November, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and Point Addis Marine National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Bells Beach and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Anglesea Bike Park (in Anglesea). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Dandenong Ranges National Park, shop like a local with Degraves Street, admire the natural beauty at National Rhododendron Gardens, and stroll through Frankston Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne travel planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Daylesford, Anglesea, Ballarat, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Frankston Beach
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

1
night
Perth

Perth
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll get in some beach time at Warnbro Beach and Halls Head Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Quinns Rocks Beach and Silver Sands Beach. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Old Blythewood (in Pinjarra) and Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at City Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip maker site .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect Perth to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Tours Parks
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