34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  21​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Toowoomba
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
9
Tanunda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Wellington

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Anzac Memorial. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday tool .

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 18 hours. Traveling from Portland in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Museums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Slim Dusty Centre.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in October: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

The Slim Dusty Centre
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
The Slim Dusty Centre ©
The Slim Dusty Centre
Long Point Vineyard ©
Long Point Vineyard

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, learn about all things military at Gold Coast War Museum, examine the collection at The Wax Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Port Macquarie in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse ©

1
night
Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum, contemplate the long history of Spring Bluff, and then take an in-depth tour of Highfields Pioneer Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Toowoomba tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Toowoomba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toowoomba, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highfields
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Highfields Pioneer Village ©
Highfields Pioneer Village
Spring Bluff ©
Spring Bluff
DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum ©

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and National Bonsai & Penjing Collection. Let the collections at Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia capture your imagination. Step out of Canberra to go to Bungendore and see Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, and stop by Scott Leggo Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Canberra tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Toowoomba to Canberra in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Toowoomba in October; daily highs in Canberra reach 71°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

4
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Richmond Gaol and Cape Raoul. You'll explore and learn at Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Salamanca Arts Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Coal Mines Historic Site (in Saltwater River), Port Arthur Historic Site (in Port Arthur) and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through North Hobart, learn about winemaking at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, take an in-depth tour of Narryna Heritage Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hobart tour planning tool .

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Canberra in November: highs in Hobart hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Richmond, Port Arthur, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Coal Mines Historic Site, Derwent Estate
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
Maritime Museum of Tasmania ©
Maritime Museum of Tasmania

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and Entally House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Brickendon Colonial Farm Village and Brickendon Estate. Venture out of the city with trips to Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella), George Town Watch House (in George Town) and Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum, do a tasting at Sharmans Wines, admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, and see the interesting displays at City Park Radio Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Launceston trip planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longford, Delamere Vineyards, George Town Watch House, Holm Oak Vineyards, Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Franklin House ©
Franklin House
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Entally House ©
Entally House

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Shrine of Remembrance. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Immigration Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and try your luck at Flemington Racecourse.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday builder app .

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Launceston in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tanunda.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

3
nights
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Langmeil Winery and Gorge Wildlife Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rockford Winery and Shut the Gate Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tanunda: Greg Cooley Wines (in Clare) and Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage (in Leasingham). There's more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Tanunda.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tanunda journey tool .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Tanunda takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tanunda are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Adelaide.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Torbreck Vintners, Gorge Wildlife Park, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, Greg Cooley Wines
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Carrick Hill and St Francis Xavier Cathedral. South Australian Museum and Ayers House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, explore the different monuments and memorials at West Terrace Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Gully, and enjoy the sand and surf at West Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Adelaide online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tanunda to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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