36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Goulburn
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ventnor
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wollongong Head Lighthouse and Nan Tien Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls), Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama) and Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout & Blue Mountains). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route builder app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goulburn.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Wentworth Falls, Kiama Blowhole
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

4
nights
Goulburn

Goulburn ©
Goulburn is a regional city in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia approximately 195km south-west of Sydney, Australia, and 90km north-east of Canberra. Popular historic sites such as Garroorigang Historic Home and Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Riversdale National Trust Historic Homestead. Venture out of the city with trips to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Huskisson) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, steep yourself in history at Yerranderie, walk around Bungonia State Conservation Area, and get engrossed in the history at Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goulburn tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Sydney to Goulburn in 2.5 hours. In July in Goulburn, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Goulburn

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Jenolan Caves, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Hyams Beach
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Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy ©
Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy
Yerranderie ©
Yerranderie

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Australian National Botanic Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at National Library of Australia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoo and Aquarium, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Goulburn to Canberra in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goulburn in July: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Nature
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Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Room Escape Games
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Split Point Lighthouse and St John's Anglican Church. St Paul's Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Daylesford (Lake Daylesford & Spas), Teddy's Lookout (in Lorne) and Ballarat (Lake Wendouree & Ballarat Wildlife Park). It doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and don't miss a visit to Southbank.

Make your Melbourne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in August since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ventnor.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Daylesford, Split Point Lighthouse, St John's Anglican Church, Teddy's Lookout
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:
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Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

1
night
Ventnor

Ventnor ©
On the 9th (Sun), get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ventnor trip maker .

You can drive from Melbourne to Ventnor in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ventnor can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Ventnor

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cowes, The Nobbies Centre, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

3
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.
Richmond Gaol and Cascade Brewery will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Constitution Dock and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hobart online trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Ventnor to Hobart with the Route module. Traveling from Ventnor in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Hobart, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Richmond
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Natural Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online journey planner .

Fly from Hobart to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in August; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Byron Bay
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and The Original Eumundi Markets (in Eumundi). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), stroll through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kings Beach, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mooloolaba Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets, Kondalilla Falls
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Explore hidden gems such as St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission Beach (in Mission Beach), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

Discover how to plan a Cairns trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Mission Beach
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and Opal Reef. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Photography Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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