30 days in Australia

30 days in Australia

Brian Payne

Make it your trip
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Adelaide
— 11 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lismore
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamborine Mountain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly
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Adelaide
— 2 nights

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Adelaide

— 11 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You've now added Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner or Harbour Town Premium Outlets. Get in touch with nature at Horseshoe Bay and Granite Island. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to d'Arenberg (in McLaren Vale) and Maslin Beach (in Maslin Beach). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Gully, make a trip to Semaphore Jetty, enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach, and appreciate the history behind The Rundle Mall Pigs.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Adelaide. In December, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip planning website.

Fly from Adelaide to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Gold Coast is 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Adelaide in January, with lows around 24°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel to Lismore.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Lismore

— 3 nights
Lismore is a city in northeastern New South Wales, Australia and the main population centre in the City of Lismore local government area; it is also a regional centre in the Northern Rivers region of the State. Take a break from the city and head to Pat Morton Lookout and Lennox Head Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lismore: Lake Ainsworth (in Lennox Head) and Killen Falls (in Tintenbar). There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Lismore Car Boot Market and contemplate the long history of Ophir Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lismore day trip site.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Lismore takes 2 hours. January in Lismore sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Lismore

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tamborine Mountain

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves and Curtis Falls. Head to Summer Land Camels and Ipswich Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamborine Mountain: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Day Experiences (in Lamington National Park) and Bamboo Panda Massage (in Underwood).

For more things to do and tourist information, go to the Tamborine Mountain trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Lismore to Tamborine Mountain takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tamborine Mountain can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Tours · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 6 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Warner Bros. Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Coolangatta Beach and Greenmount Beach. See even more of Gold Coast: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, stroll through Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, and kick back and relax at Miami Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online travel planner.

Getting from Tamborine Mountain to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Adelaide

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Primo Estate and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip builder app.

Fly from Gold Coast to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Adelaide, with lows of 19°C.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.