36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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South West Rocks
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crescent Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive
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North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Bus
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly to Learmonth Airport, Drive to Ningaloo
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Ningaloo
— 2 nights
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Drive to Learmonth Airport, Fly to Busselton Regional Airport, Drive to Prevelly
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Prevelly
— 2 nights
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Drive to Busselton Regional Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport, Drive to Torquay
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Torquay
— 1 night
Drive
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Cowes
— 1 night
Ferry to Stony Point, Fly to Merimbula
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Merimbula
— 1 day
Fly
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Bondi
— 1 night
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South West Rocks — 2 nights

On the 1st (Tue), get outside with Wildside Sportfishing and then enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay Beach. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Arakoon National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South West Rocks day trip planner.

Sydney to South West Rocks is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In November, daytime highs in South West Rocks are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Crescent Head.
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Crescent Head — 1 night

Crescent Head is a beach-side community 440 km north-northeast of Sydney, in Kempsey Shire, New South Wales, Australia. On the 3rd (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bucket Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Goolawah National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Crescent Head trip planner.

You can drive from South West Rocks to Crescent Head in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from South West Rocks in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Crescent Head: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.
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Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

Byron Bay — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Byron Wellbeing Health Retreats. Take a break from the city and head to Sundive Byron Bay and Lighthouse Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay itinerary planner.

You can drive from Crescent Head to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Crescent Head in November, you will find days in Byron Bay are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.
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Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Gold Coast — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kurrawa Beach and Qld Luxury Car Rentals. Relax by the water at Kirra Beach and Tugun Beach. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at endota spa Coolangatta.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast route tool.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to North Stradbroke Island.
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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

North Stradbroke Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the activities along Brown Lake, kick back and relax at Amity Point Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Myora Springs Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach and then see some colorful creatures with Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our North Stradbroke Island visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to North Stradbroke Island takes 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in North Stradbroke Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.
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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Noosa — 3 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Peregian Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Glass House Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of Noosa Safaris, identify plant and animal life at Noosa Botanic Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip maker site.

Traveling by car from North Stradbroke Island to Noosa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Whitsunday Island.
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Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

Whitsunday Island — 1 night

On the 16th (Wed), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island road trip website.

You can fly from Noosa to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

Airlie Beach — 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 Catseye Beach and Whitsunday Great Walk. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Turtle Tours. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Hamilton Island Golf Club in Hamilton Island, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Whitsunday Crocodile Safari.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Airlie Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.
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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Port Douglas — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Opal Reef and Four Mile Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. On the 23rd (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, take in the pleasant sights at Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Cairns — 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Visiting Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns day trip app.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Ningaloo.
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Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Ningaloo — 2 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ningaloo road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Ningaloo. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Ningaloo: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll set off for Prevelly on the 29th (Tue).
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Prevelly — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Floating Euphoria and then stroll through Surfers Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): learn about winemaking at Brookland Valley Vineyard, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, and then do a tasting at Redgate Wines.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Prevelly day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ningaloo to Prevelly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Torquay.
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Torquay — 1 night

Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Split Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Roadknight. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road and then kick back and relax at Torquay Front Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Torquay vacation site.

Explore your travel options from Prevelly to Torquay with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Prevelly to Torquay. In December, daytime highs in Torquay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cowes.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Cowes — 1 night

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Seal Rock, then kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cowes Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cowes travel route planner.

You can drive from Torquay to Cowes in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Cowes sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Merimbula.
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Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Merimbula — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Short Point Recreation Reserve, then stroll through Main Beach, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Ford Park Playground.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Merimbula road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cowes to Merimbula in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Merimbula are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bondi.
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Bondi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, and then grab your bike and head to Heffron Pedal Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bondi trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Merimbula to Bondi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Merimbula in December; daily highs in Bondi reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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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Phillip Island travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Islands · Dolphin & Whale Watching
A rocky outcrop set against the charming backdrop of the Westernport Bay, Phillip Island boasts sandy beaches and scenic hillsides. Important preservation areas exist on the island, serving as home to a variety of species, such as wallabies, kangaroos, and seals. Surfing is a popular activity, with the area’s waves and breakers being renowned as among the most reliable in the country.
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