37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Agnes Water
— 3 nights
bus:  9​h 15​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
11
Townsville
— 3 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
12
Arcadia
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Cairns
— 2 nights
End: Cairns

4
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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning tool .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then hike along Coastal walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): experience rural life at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, then don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
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 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, make a trip to The Clog Barn, then get great views at Forest Sky Pier, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park, and then take in the waterfront at Coffs Harbour Jetty.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour journey planner .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in March, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Byron Bay to see Cape Byron Lighthouse about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, get outside with Pelican Feeding, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip tool .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): stop by Watermelon Red, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade, take in the waterfront at The Pier, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Le Petit Chocolatier, then make a splash at WetSide Water Park, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay journey planner.

Drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wabby and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island vacation planner.

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 3.5 hours. In March in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

3
nights
Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
When in Agnes Water, make a side trip to see Lions Park in Miriam Vale, approximately 38 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Agnes Water trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Agnes Water takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. March in Agnes Water sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Seventeen Seventy, Lady Musgrave Island, Lions Park
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:
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Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island
Lions Park ©
Lions Park
Agnes Water Museum ©
Agnes Water Museum

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 3rd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Into The Blue Gallery and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip planning app .

Take a bus from Agnes Water to Airlie Beach in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and trek along Castle Hill.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville road trip site .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

6
nights
Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Arcadia is known for nightlife, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, explore the striking landscape at Balding Bay, identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arcadia road trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Arcadia. In April in Arcadia, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will leave for Cairns on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Arcadia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Magnetic Island, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island Country Club, West Point
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail ©
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail
Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arcadia to Cairns. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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