29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cowes
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Dunkeld
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Halls Gap
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Moonambel
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
Canberra
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Nimbin
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, and then head off the coast to Churchill Island.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip planner .

Melbourne to Cowes is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Churchill Island
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
On the 9th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Wilsons Promontory National Park. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Little Waterloo Bay.

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Drive from Cowes to Wilsons Promontory National Park in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Dunkeld.

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#Nature, #Parks, #Trails
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Wilsons Promontory National Park

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Dunkeld

Dunkeld ©
Dunkeld is a town in Victoria, Australia at the southern end of the Grampians National Park, in the Shire of Southern Grampians. On the 11th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Picaninny (Bainggug) and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Sturgeon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dunkeld tour builder tool .

You can drive from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Dunkeld in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halls Gap.

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Mt Sturgeon ©
Mt Sturgeon
The Picaninny (Bainggug) ©
The Picaninny (Bainggug)

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Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Halls Gap Zoo, trek along Chatauqua Peak, and then hike along The Pinnacle.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Halls Gap sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Dunkeld to Halls Gap in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Moonambel.

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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo

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Moonambel

Moonambel ©
On the 13th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort, then do a tasting at Taltarni Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Grape Farm Winery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Moonambel attractions planner .

You can drive from Halls Gap to Moonambel in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Canberra.

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#Wineries
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Grape Farm Winery ©
Grape Farm Winery
Taltarni Vineyards ©
Taltarni Vineyards
Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort ©
Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then identify plant and animal life at Floriade.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Moonambel to Canberra with the Route module. July in Canberra sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Floriade ©
Floriade

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally get great views at Govetts Leap.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip planning site .

You can drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Katoomba: highs are around 20°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Govetts Leap, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), wander the streets of The Rocks, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

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You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, putt your heart out at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Pat Morton Lookout, then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally look for gifts at Truly Tea. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay sightseeing planner.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nimbin.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay

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Nimbin

Nimbin ©
Nimbin is a village in the Northern Rivers area of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 30km north of Lismore, 33km northeast of Kyogle, and 70km west of Byron Bay.Nimbin is notable for the prominence of its environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Protestors Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Whian Whian State Conservation Area, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Nimbin Rocks.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nimbin itinerary builder .

Drive from Byron Bay to Nimbin in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Nimbin can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Nimbin

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Protestors Falls
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Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©
Protestors Falls ©
Protestors Falls

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 23rd (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Nimbin to Fraser Island with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nimbin in July since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 25th (Wed), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay online trip builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Peregian Beach, kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, and then wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Mooloolaba, Kings Beach, Maroochydore Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
HMAS Brisbane ©
HMAS Brisbane

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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 28th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then stroll through Catseye Beach. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Heart Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Charter Yachts Australia, and then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach road trip app .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island online trip maker .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in August, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Townsville.

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 4th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then deepen your understanding at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville road trip planning tool .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Townsville by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Townsville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand

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