30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Shelly Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kurrajong
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Daintree
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Cooktown
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
10
Thursday Island
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Cairns
— Few hours
Fly:  23​h
End: Portland

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Firescreek Fruit Wines (in Holgate) and Toowoon Bay Beach (in Toowoon Bay). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online travel planner .

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Shelly Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Toowoon Bay Beach, Firescreek Fruit Wines
Find places to stay May 17 — 22:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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hours
Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach
To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Shelly Beach trip itinerary website .

Drive from Sydney to Shelly Beach in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Shelly Beach, with lows around 45°F. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Shelly Beach

Outdoors Parks Golf
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, then stroll through Narrow Neck Trail, then learn about winemaking at Dryridge Estate, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruined Castle Walking Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): hike along The Giant Stairway, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then browse the different shops at Leura Mall, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shelly Beach to Katoomba in 2.5 hours. In May in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Kurrajong.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dryridge Estate, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Leura Mall
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Ruined Castle Walking Track ©
Ruined Castle Walking Track
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Dryridge Estate ©
Dryridge Estate

1
day
Kurrajong

Kurrajong ©
Kurrajong is a small town in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get outside with Trees Adventure Grose River Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company, then do a tasting at Hillbilly Cider, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Windsor Mall Sunday Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kurrajong online road trip planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Kurrajong in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kurrajong can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Kurrajong

Outdoors Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Bilpin, Windsor Mall Sunday Market, Trees Adventure Grose River Park
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Hillbilly Cider ©
Hillbilly Cider
Trees Adventure Grose River Park ©
Trees Adventure Grose River Park

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Opal Museum and Gallery of Modern Art. Popular historic sites such as Wynnum Esplanade and Nepalese Pagoda are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shelly Beach to Brisbane. Traveling from Shelly Beach in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Moffat Beach, Wynnum Esplanade
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum

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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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, explore the galleries of Michael Seebeck Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip website .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, stroll through Four Mile Beach, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally stop by With Sugar.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Head to Daintree Entomological museum and Floravilla Ice Cream Factoryfor some retail therapy. Visit Thornton Beach and Wonga Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Daintree: Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach, Dubuji Boardwalk, &more) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea.

To find maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Daintree day trip site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Daintree takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cooktown.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Wonga Beach
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then get great views at Grassy Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Finch Bay, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then view the masterpieces at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery, then explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cooktown online route builder .

Drive from Daintree to Cooktown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Thursday Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

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day
Thursday Island

Thursday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Gab Titui, then contemplate the long history of Green Fort Hill, and then make a trip to Horn Island Jetty.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thursday Island visit planning app .

Explore your travel options from Cooktown to Thursday Island with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Thursday Island

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:
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Green Fort Hill ©
Green Fort Hill
Gab Titui ©
Gab Titui

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Cairns

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

You can drive from Cooktown to Cairns in 4 hours. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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