38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Train
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Mooloolaba
Bus
7
Noosa
— 6 nights
Drive
8
Rainbow Beach
Drive
9
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
Bus
10
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Bus
11
Cairns
— 6 nights

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Melbourne — 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Queen Victoria Market as well as Royal Botanic Gardens. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel route planner.

Seattle, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Melbourne, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 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.
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has been added to your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Mrs Macquarie's Chair will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel planning app.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 71°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Byron Bay.
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Side Trip
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Byron Bay — 1 night

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 27th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, plan for little chillier nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 49°F. You'll set off for Gold Coast on the 28th (Wed).
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Gold Coast — 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 55°F. You will leave for Brisbane on the 29th (Thu).
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Brisbane — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout as well as Eat Street Northshore. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba travel route planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You will leave for Noosa on the 3rd (Mon).
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Noosa — 6 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Noosa in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rainbow Beach.
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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Make your Rainbow Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Noosa to Rainbow Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Bundaberg.
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Bundaberg — 2 nights

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bundaberg trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Bundaberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Bundaberg, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 3 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.
To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Bundaberg to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Bundaberg in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 70°F. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Cairns.
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Cairns — 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rusty's Market, Esplanade Lagoon Pool and Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in October: highs in Cairns hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 69°F.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.
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Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.
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