34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 30th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach attractions site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island journey maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. January in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Hervey Bay

— 1 night
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, get up close to creatures of the deep with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, then let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay online attractions planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in January since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Divinity Spa (in Buderim) and Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Cork 'n Fork Tours in Tamborine Mountain, approximately Tamborine Mountain away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and stroll around John Fraser Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Byron Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): head outdoors with Getaway Girls, have unforgettable encounters with Sundive Byron Bay, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Craig Parry Photography, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Katoomba

— 4 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne vacation app.

Getting from Katoomba to Melbourne by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Perth trip site.

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.

Blue Mountains travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.