23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
2
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
8
Noosa
— 1 night
9
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
12
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
13
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
15
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
16
Cairns
— 1 night
End: Cairns

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip website .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Mait's Rest, hike along Great Ocean Walk, and then take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road, make a trip to Cape Otway Lightstation, and then play a few rounds at Apollo Bay Golf Club.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Apollo Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cape Otway Lightstation
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then make a trip to Block Arcade.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
day
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, and then stroll through Grand Canyon track.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Blue Mountains National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Blue Mountains National Park, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
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Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney with the Route module. Traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Sydney. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
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've now added Australia Zoo to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: walk around Roma Street Parkland, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To plan Brisbane vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Noosa itinerary builder app .

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

1
night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay journey maker website .

Drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step aboard Maheno Wreck and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wabby and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby

1
night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

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.
On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder app .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hervey Bay in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Airlie Beach. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
day
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 13th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum and then explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation holiday planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In November in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

1
night
Port Douglas

Port Douglas
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour builder .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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