33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alexandra Headland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Perth
— 3 nights
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Cairns — 3 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 1st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.
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Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

Airlie Beach — 2 nights

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 4th (Sun), stop by Beach Book Boutique, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then surround yourself with nature on Turtle Tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Brisbane.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Brisbane — 3 nights

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder site.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brisbane, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Gold Coast — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planning app.

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
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Byron Bay — 2 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then go for a walk through Hastings Point Headland.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alexandra Headland.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Alexandra Headland — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Point Cartwright, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alexandra Headland online itinerary planner.

Drive from Byron Bay to Alexandra Headland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Alexandra Headland, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Fraser Island — 4 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fraser Island Day Spa, make a trip to K'gari, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner.

You can drive from Alexandra Headland to Fraser Island in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Sydney — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Melbourne — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

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

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, stroll through Kuniya Walk, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In September, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 33°C and lows of 12°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Perth.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

Perth — 3 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at Top Gun Tours. Keep things going the next day: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Perth road trip site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Perth, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.
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