36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  25​h
End: Bournemouth

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip website .

Bournemouth, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bournemouth in January, expect Melbourne to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

6
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Ballina (Lighthouse Beach & Big Prawn), Lismore (Lismore Car Boot Market & Rocky Creek Dam) and Pippi Beach (in Yamba). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, let little ones run wild at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Pippi Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

6
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Greenmount Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast online journey maker .

Take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

6
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, contemplate the long history of Fort Lytton National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 11th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Cairns. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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