30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
4
Adelaide
— 4 nights
5
Melbourne
— 8 nights
End: Sydney

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Brett Whiteley Studio. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Brisbane (Relove Oxley & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). The adventure continues: stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, tour the water at your own pace with Cruise Gold Coast, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

6
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Village Gallery & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures), Port Douglas (Ngarru Gallery, Des Spencer Galleries, & more) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Carrickalinga Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Head to Vineyard Road Cellar Door and ASSP Gallery Shopfor some retail therapy. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Harvest the Fleurieu (in Mount Compass) and Hahndorf (Hans Heysen Art Studio, The Aboriginal Art House, & more). And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, explore the world behind art at Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, and enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Adelaide trip builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in March; daily highs in Adelaide reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hahndorf, Vineyard Road Cellar Door, Horseshoe Bay, Harvest the Fleurieu, ASSP Gallery Shop
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

8
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor plenty of shopping. Melbourne Museum and Degraves Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at FortyFiveDownstairs, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Tours
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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