30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
5
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Seventeen Seventy
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
9
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
10
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
11
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, then make a trip to Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Nature Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, then brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, then head outdoors with Hastings Point Headland, and then stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay road trip app .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth

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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 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Brisbane are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
We've included these beaches for you: Marcoola Beach and Noosa Main Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Cartwright and Gardners Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum (in Gympie) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, admire the natural beauty at Noosa Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Tina Cooper Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, Point Cartwright, Marcoola Beach, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Lake McKenzie and Indian Head will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island route builder app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): stroll around Canoe Point Beach and Parklands, stroll around Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Awoonga.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seventeen Seventy vacation app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Seventeen Seventy. May in Seventeen Seventy sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will leave for Airlie Beach on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tannum Sands, Lake Awoonga
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Awoonga ©
Lake Awoonga
Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn ©

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night
Airlie Beach

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach route website .

Explore your travel options from Seventeen Seventy to Airlie Beach with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Seventeen Seventy in May, with lows around 24°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hill Inlet and Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in May since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 19°C. You will leave for Townsville on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): browse the exhibits of The Drill Hall Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, then explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Townsville online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Whitsunday Island to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Nature
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and Magnetic Island National Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island tour itinerary planner .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Balding Bay ©
Balding Bay

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atherton Tablelands and Birdworld Kuranda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Port Douglas (Safaris & St Mary’s by The Sea chapel). Spend the 31st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Herberton, Port Douglas, Birdworld Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving

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