35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
12
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
13
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
14
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

Hong Kong, China to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation site .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Port Macquarie is known for wildlife, trails, historic sites, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Coastal walk, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and experience rural life at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie road trip website .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in July: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, then delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, and finally make a trip to The Clog Barn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park and then learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour online journey planner .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in July, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Two Tails Wines
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get great views at Laguna Lookout and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Noosa day trip app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 7th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then step aboard Maheno Wreck. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Barnacles Dolphin Centre
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Off-Road Tours

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night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village and then get to know the resident critters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rockhampton journey site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rainbow Beach to Rockhampton in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rockhampton in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 13th (Thu), go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Jetryder, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island road trip site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In August in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Off-Road Tours

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cape Tribulation vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Photography Tours
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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