26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Orbost
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Capertee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Goondiwindi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
9
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Daintree
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
12
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  6​h 45​min
13
Torquay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bells Beach and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Step out of Melbourne to go to Dandenong and see Dandenong Ranges National Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip app .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel to Orbost.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Bells Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Fitzroy Gardens ©
Fitzroy Gardens

2
nights
Orbost

Orbost ©
Orbost is a town in the Shire of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 375km east of Melbourne and 235km south of Canberra where the Princes Highway crosses the Snowy River. You've now added Snowy River National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Snowy River National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Orbost trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Orbost by car takes about 32 hours. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orbost

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Snowy River National Park
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:
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Snowy River National Park ©
Snowy River National Park

2
nights
Capertee

Capertee ©
Capertee is a village 45 km north of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get great views at Pearson's Lookout and then explore the striking landscape at Gardens of Stone National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Turon National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Capertee online holiday planner .

Drive from Orbost to Capertee in 8 hours. In March, daytime highs in Capertee are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Capertee

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gardens of Stone National Park, Bikes and Buds
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Gardens of Stone National Park ©
Gardens of Stone National Park
Bikes and Buds ©
Bikes and Buds

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): trek along The Giant Stairway.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip website .

You can drive from Orbost to Sydney in 7 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Capertee.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Terrigal Beach
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
On the 17th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Morisset Picnic Area and then identify plant and animal life at Morisset Park. On the next day, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach, and then kick back and relax at One Mile Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pokolbin route builder website .

Traveling by car from Capertee to Pokolbin takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Pokolbin can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goondiwindi.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

One Mile Beach
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2
nights
Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi
Goondiwindi is an Australian town of approximately 5,629 people. For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Goondiwindi route planning app .

You can drive from Noosa to Goondiwindi in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Goondiwindi

Theme Parks Tours Parks
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1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayak Noosa.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Goondiwindi to Noosa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayak Noosa ©
Kayak Noosa

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitehaven Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Clump Mountain National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Whitsunday Island to Mission Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Daintree.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Pocket, Clump Mountain National Park
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:
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Clump Mountain National Park ©
Clump Mountain National Park
The Pocket ©
The Pocket
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

3
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 25th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Bloomfield Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Daintree trip maker tool .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Daintree in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Daintree are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Waterfall, Mount Lewis National Park, Wonga Beach, Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Mount Lewis National Park ©
Mount Lewis National Park

1
night
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay. Get in touch with nature at Opal Reef and Birdworld Kuranda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Malanda Falls (in Malanda), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns tour app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Brisbane in March, with lows around 27°C. You will leave for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Curtain Fig National Park, Malanda Falls, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Malanda Falls ©
Malanda Falls
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

2
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.
On the 12th (Tue), make a trip to Anzac Square and then explore the striking landscape of St Helena Island National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane holiday planner.

You can drive from Goondiwindi to Brisbane in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Transportation Nature Parks
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
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St Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island National Park
Anzac Square ©
Anzac Square

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
You've now added The Great Ocean Road to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Coogoorah Park Nature Reserve, and then take some stellar pictures from Bird Rock Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Hopetoun Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at The Redwoods, then don't miss a visit to The Splitters Grave, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sheoak Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Torquay online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Brisbane to Torquay in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March, Torquay is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Lorne, Bird Rock Lookout, Coogoorah Park Nature Reserve, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:
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Hopetoun Falls ©
Hopetoun Falls
The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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