37 days in Australia Itinerary

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Drive to Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto International Airport, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackay, Fly to Hervey Bay
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Cairns — 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti, about 40 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner.

Balikpapan, Indonesia to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Balikpapan to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Balikpapan in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Cairns, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

On the 19th (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip planner.

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 little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.
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Hervey Bay — 4 nights

Relax by the water at Theodolite Creek and Burrum Heads Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Esplanade. Change things up with these side-trips from Hervey Bay: Bundaberg (Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg Rum Distillery, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and make a trip to The Pier.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay travel route builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in September since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 4 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Fraser Island Day Spa. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eli Creek and Indian Head.

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Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.
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Noosa — 3 nights

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Main Beach. Get outdoors at Noosa National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Caloundra Lighthouses in Kings Beach (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Everglades, look for gifts at Underground Surf, and take a stroll through Hastings Street.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 6 nights

Australia's New World City

Visit Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre and Nepalese Pagoda for their historical value. Cork 'n Fork Tours and Fish Lane are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach), Surfers Paradise (HOTA Gallery, Surfers Paradise Beach, &more) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, walk around South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Opal Museum, and steep yourself in history at Newstead House.

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Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 3 nights

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Byron Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Sundive Byron Bay and Cape Byron Walking Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Cabarita Beach (in Cabarita Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lennox Head Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for little chillier nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

The Harbour City

Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Blacktown and see Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, identify plant and animal life at After Dark Nature Tours, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Parliament House of Victoria. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Elite Male Massage.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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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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