30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  2​h
1
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h
5
Agnes Water
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Townsville
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
9
Arcadia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
10
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Broken Head Beach and Bundjalung National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville) and Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse and get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary builder site .

Brisbane to Byron Bay is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Byron Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Broken Head, Bundjalung National Park, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Beach
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kurrawa Beach and Greenmount Beach. Visit Kirra Beach and Currumbin Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (Albert Street Uniting Church & West End). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bulcock Beach and Marcoola Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Maroochydore Beach and Peregian Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, look for gifts at Watermelon Red, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Noosa Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa vacation planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Marcoola Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Point Cartwright
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 9th (Wed), don't miss a visit to K'gari and then contemplate the waterfront views at Indian Head. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning website .

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 October, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

3
nights
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Agnes Water Main Beach and Chinamans Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from Agnes Water with a short trip to Wonbah Estate Vineyards & Winery in Gin Gin, about 2 hours away.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Agnes Water visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Agnes Water. In October, daytime highs in Agnes Water are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You'll set off for Whitsunday Island on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Seventeen Seventy, Wonbah Estate Vineyards & Winery
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 15th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island attractions planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Agnes Water to Whitsunday Island. In October in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Bicentennial Walkway. Do some cultural sightseeing at Proserpine Museum and Above & Below Photography Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, take in the waterfront at Shute Harbour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online route maker .

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Alligator Falls Track, get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Alligator Falls Track
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Arcadia travel route app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Townsville to Arcadia. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Arcadia

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Magnetic Island Museum, Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail ©
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

3
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Murdering Point Winery and Helen Wiltshire Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mission Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mission Beach: Australian Sugar Industry Museum (in Mourilyan), Innisfail (Etty Bay & Mamu Tropical Skywalk) and Paronella Park (in Mena Creek). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arcadia to Mission Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Innisfail, Fishing Charters & Tours, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Paronella Park, Murdering Point Winery
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mamu Tropical Skywalk ©
Mamu Tropical Skywalk

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), The Peterson Creek Walking Track (in Yungaburra) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands and don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday tool .

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, The Peterson Creek Walking Track, Rex Lookout, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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