31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Cooks' Cottage for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online holiday planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
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.
Visit Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Nepalese Pagoda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip tool .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Chenrezig Institute
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip planning tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for Melbourne on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop ©
Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne
For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 17°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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4
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.
Visit Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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