30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  21​h
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
8
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). There's lots more to do: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 8 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Perth Zoo, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
nights
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.
Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Port Douglas is 2 hours. In September, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Perth - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast driving holiday planner .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see where the action happens at Suncorp Stadium.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brisbane trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

Start your trip to Fraser Island by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation planning app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head. Here are some ideas for day two: let the kids burn off some steam at Blackbutt Reserve, go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Newcastle trip builder tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for little chillier nights in Newcastle, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get great views at Govetts Leap, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then browse the different shops at Leura Mall, and finally trek along The Giant Stairway. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, make a trip to Day FIne Art, get great views at The Three Sisters, then make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, then view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Katoomba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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