36 days in Victoria, New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

36 days in Victoria, New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

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36 days in Victoria, New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Torquay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Wentworth Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Collins St/Swanston St and Printism. Step off the beaten path and head to ArtVo and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Safety Beach (in Dromana), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Phillip Island Wildlife Park (in Cowes). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne vacation builder tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Phillip Island Wildlife Park, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Safety Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torquay Front Beach and Geelong Adventure Specialists. For shopping fun, head to Surfcoastimages Gallery or Torquay Farmers' Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Torquay: Point Lonsdale (Point Lonsdale Beach & Point Lonsdale Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along The Great Ocean Road and enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Torquay travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Torquay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wentworth Falls.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, 13th Beach, Geelong Adventure Specialists
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Geelong Adventure Specialists ©
Geelong Adventure Specialists
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach

4
nights
Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls is a town in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, situated approximately west of the Sydney central business district, and about east of Katoomba, Australia on the Great Western Highway, with a Wentworth Falls railway station on the Main Western line. Do some cultural sightseeing at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Falls Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Wentworth Falls and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Take a break from Wentworth Falls with a short trip to Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum in Lithgow, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Wind Eroded Cave, hike along Grand Canyon track, and delve into the lush surroundings at Perry's Lookdown.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wentworth Falls visit planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Torquay to Wentworth Falls with the Route module. In March in Wentworth Falls, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Wentworth Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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.
Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and The Entrance Pelican Feed (in The Entrance). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, look for gifts at Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarama Beach, and identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

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Drive from Wentworth Falls to Sydney in 1.5 hours. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, The Entrance Pelican Feed, Tamarama Beach, Terrigal Beach
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 24:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and State Library Of Queensland. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Maroochydore Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, stroll through Marcoola Beach, look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, and see the interesting displays at Opal Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kawana Shoppingworld, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk, then examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip site .

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in March since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
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.
Do your shopping at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns and Tanks Arts Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Fig Tree and Josephine Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Artistree Gallery (in Yungaburra). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Tanks Arts Centre, Etty Bay, Spy & Camera Museum, The Crystal Caves
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

5
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.
Let the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Ngarru Gallery capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Cape Tribulation Beach. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Safaris

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