51 days in Australia Itinerary

51 days in Australia Itinerary

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51 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
4
Maleny
— 2 nights
5
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Blackheath
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
9
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
Cairns
— 6 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
12
Green Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
13
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London

2
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Wheel of Brisbane. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roma Street Parkland and City Botanic Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Ipswich (The Workshops Rail Museum & Queens Park). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane visit planner.

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from London in July since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Ipswich
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
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Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Byron Walking Track and Broken Head Nature Reserve. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pat Morton Lookout and Circus Arts Byron Bay. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Byron Bay Book Exchange.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve
Circus Arts Byron Bay ©
Circus Arts Byron Bay

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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Kirra Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Pelican Feeding. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and cool off at Dreamworld.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

Take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then take a tour of HMAS Brisbane. Keep things going the next day: stop by Podie Pie, then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo, and finally view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Maleny travel route builder .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Maleny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Buderim Forest Park, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Podie Pie
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Family-friendly places like Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Yandina (The Ginger Factory & Mount Ninderry). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Noosa Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of Hastings Street, get great views at Laguna Lookout, and look for gifts at Belmondos Organic Market.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Noosa online trip planner .

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Yandina, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Marcoola Beach, Coolum Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fraser Island trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:
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Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains. Go for a jaunt from Blackheath to Blue Mountains National Park to see Lincoln's Rock about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, head outdoors with Evans Lookout, and make a trip to Day FIne Art.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Blackheath travel planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fraser Island in July: high temperatures in Blackheath hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Jenolan Caves, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): hike along ANZAC Parade Walk, get curious at Questacon, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, then sample the fine beverages at Underground Spirits, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Canberra planning tool .

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Canberra takes 4 hours. Traveling from Blackheath in July, expect Canberra to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Australian Reptile Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Australian Reptile Park
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Explore hidden gems such as Koala Hospital and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Booti Booti National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Wingham Brush Nature Reserve (in Wingham), Ellenborough Falls (in Elands) and Cattai Wetlands (in Coopernook). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and explore the activities along Tuncurry Rock Pool.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie road trip website .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Booti Booti National Park, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, Rocks Ferry Reserve, Cattai Wetlands, Tuncurry Rock Pool
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Wingham Brush Nature Reserve ©
Wingham Brush Nature Reserve
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park ©

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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Granite Gorge Nature Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre and Millaa Millaa Falls. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner .

Fly from Port Macquarie to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Green Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mareeba, Millaa Millaa Falls, Curtain Fig National Park, Mamu Tropical Skywalk, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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Green Island

Green Island
On the 19th (Mon), head off the coast to Upolu Cay and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland Crocodile Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Green Island road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Green Island with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Green Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will leave for Port Douglas on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Green Island

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 21st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Green Island to Port Douglas with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Photography Tours

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