30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Shelly Beach
— Few hours
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
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Kurrajong
— 1 day
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Daintree
— 3 nights
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Cooktown
— 2 nights
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Thursday Island
— 1 day
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Cairns
— Few hours

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Billich Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Firescreek Fruit Wines. Change things up with a short trip to Toowoon Bay Beach in Toowoon Bay (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: visit Darling Harbour, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk.

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

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 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

Firescreek Fruit Wines, Toowoon Bay Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach
To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shelly Beach tour builder site.

Drive from Sydney to Shelly Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Shelly Beach when traveling from Sydney in May, with lows around 45°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Katoomba.

Things to do in Shelly Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Golf
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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): don't miss a visit to Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Narrow Neck Trail, then learn about winemaking at Dryridge Estate, and finally hike along Ruined Castle Walking Track. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Giant Stairway, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, admire the masterpieces 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 reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip maker tool.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kurrajong.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Leura Mall, Dryridge Estate
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Dryridge Estate ©
Dryridge Estate
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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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, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company, then do a tasting at Hillbilly Cider, and finally hunt for treasures at Windsor Mall Sunday Market.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kurrajong travel planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Kurrajong in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough 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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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.
Head to State Library Of Queensland and Noosa Chocolate Factoryfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wynnum Esplanade and Nepalese Pagoda. Change things up with a short trip to Moffat Beach in Caloundra (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kurrajong to Brisbane. Traveling from Kurrajong in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wynnum Esplanade, Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum

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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.
Shop till you drop at Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns online trip planner.

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

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
On the 5th (Fri), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally stop by With Sugar.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online holiday planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Get in touch with nature at Daintree Entomological museum and Dubuji Boardwalk. Relax by the water at Cape Tribulation Beach and Wonga Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Daintree: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and experience rural life at Daintree Tea.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Daintree journey tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Daintree takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Daintree, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 11th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then stroll through Finch Bay, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Kuku Bulkaway, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Trevethan Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cooktown day trip website.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Daintree to Cooktown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Thursday Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

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Thursday Island

Thursday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gab Titui, then contemplate the long history of Green Fort Hill, and then make a trip to Horn Island Jetty.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Thursday Island holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Cooktown to Thursday Island with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Thursday Island

Historic Sites
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Green Fort Hill ©
Green Fort Hill
Gab Titui ©
Gab Titui

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Cairns

Cairns
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Thursday Island to Cairns with the Route module. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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