43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 6 nights
End: Cairns

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.
Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Bourke Street Mall. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Austria, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda 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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in November, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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.
Visiting Lennox Head Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Belongil Beach and Bundjalung National Park. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pat Morton Lookout.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Bundjalung National Park
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Bundjalung National Park ©
Bundjalung National Park
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

5
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.
Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip app .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kawana Shoppingworld or Chocolate Country. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Kings Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Fudgyboombahs (in Montville) and Maleny (Maleny Cheese, Art on Cairncross, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, stop by Opals Down Under, take a stroll through Queen Street Mall, and hunt for treasures at Caloundra Street Fair.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Montville, Mooloolaba Beach, Opals Down Under
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
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Kawana Shoppingworld ©
Kawana Shoppingworld
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Relax by the water at Peregian Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Carlo Sand Blow. Venture out of the city with trips to Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Barnacles Dolphin Centre (in Tin Can Bay). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck, and explore the activities along Poona Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fraser Island, Maroochydore, Peregian Beach, Mount Coolum, Barnacles Dolphin Centre
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Maheno Wreck ©
Maheno Wreck

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 8th (Sat), stroll through Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay tour planner .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Duncan Chapman Statue
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Duncan Chapman Statue ©
Duncan Chapman Statue

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.
Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Heart Reef. Spend the 11th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Hervey Bay in December, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then stroll through The Strand, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and finally hike along Castle Hill.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Townsville online travel planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

6
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Do your shopping at Coffee Works and Rusty's Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Sunday Market Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, and stop by Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip website .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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