One month in Australia Itinerary
In 2014, when I started my first big solo travel – I decided that Australia was the place to go and be. Safe and easy, for a first time female solo traveler. New Year´s day I was on my way to one month in Australia. I had no plane on what I was going to do. I learned the hard way that it was not a good plan to not have a plane. I will now give an itinerary on what to do with one month in Australia. Let´s be honest this country is enormous – “You want to take the bus? It will take you two days”. When you have one month in Australia, you don´t have much time. Let´s get this itinerary started.
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich
And he said:
“I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder
You better run, you better take cover.”
One month in Australia Itinerary
1. Sydney & the Opera House – 4 Days
Landing in Sydney and coping with Jet-lag if you are traveling all the way from Europe. Be nice with yourself and give it maybe a day or two to just relax and get yourself recovered from the jet-lag. I did a big mistake with exhausting myself the first days in Sydney. You are in a new city and it´s super exciting. You don’t want to be burned out on your first week and end in tears, when you are staying one month in Australia. Trust, me it´s not fun – I gave myself a burn out after three days, what a first time traveler mistake.
You have to see Sydney and the neighborhoods, I would recommend to do a free walking tour either with your hostel or a company that have it – Sydney free tours. I did walk on my own in the city, I wish that I went on a tour, it is just easier to see the city with people who know what you should see and what you can leave out. Sydney is not a small town. I was having a major hike down there, such a tourist.
I stayed at the YHA Rocks which was an amazing backpacker, I never found a place like this again at my one month in Australia travel. Just be aware that the YHA Rocks is more closer to a hotel standard, than what you will see for the rest of your journey in Australia. Hostel and Backpackers places in Australia are quite dirty, to be honest. If you are on a budget they are a must. Just prepare yourself.
Rocks, is a great location for walking to the Opera House, bridge, harbour and to give yourself an easy start in Australia.
The Bridge Climb looks amazing, if you have the money do it!
Take the ferry over to Manly and hit the local brewery or the beach and just hang out with some locals. On your way back you will have an amazing view of the Opera House and the Harbour of Sydney. This is a day trip, if you don´t want to rush it.
2. Bondi Beach & Bondi Rescue – 3 Days
When you have done the city and need a break. Go to Bondi have a Brekkie (Breakfast), hang out with some hot Australian guy or girl on the beach or more like 1 000 other people going for a tan or some awesome waves. I loved Bondi, because even do it is in the city, the vibe is relaxed, people are eating healthy, and there is no worries, mate. Only sun and love.
In the morning take the board walk or beach walk to Coogee for some exercise and for a great view of the ocean and Bondi.
3. Couch Surfing, G´Day Mate – 2 Days
I love meeting up with people who live in the area – If i´m lucky they will show me something, that I wouldn’t see if I was there as a tourist. Couch surfing is a great way to get to know the area and have advice from a local. Know your time, be polite, and return the favor when they will come to visit your country, if you can. Respect their home as it was yours. Couch surfing is a great way to save money on accommodation, learn more about the people and the country you are visiting
4. Byron Bay & Easternmost point of the mainland of Australia – 3 Days
We just love Byron Bay even the Aussie people go her for the weekend. Why? Because it has great surfing, good vibe and a lot of choices when it comes to delicious food. This is the place where you should try to catch a wave on a surfboard. I went on a half day surfing lesson and it was so much fun! Even managed to stand a couple of times on the surfboard and was feeling the pleasure of catching a wave for 5 second – until I drop back in the water. Best feeling ever, big thanks to the guy helping me catching the waves. I forgot to mention this was really hot surfing guys. I wanted help all the time, with catching the waves of course.
When being in Byron, you must have an early morning and see the sunrise from the Lighthouse and the easternmost point of the mainland of Australia. If you are lucky the hostel will arrange an early car ride for it.
If you are traveling, you should visit Nimbin and explore the Hippi hiPPi town, a lot of freedom and a lot of green things to smoke. I learned a lot that day about this green plant and the free spirit. It all started back in 1973 when hippies arrived for Aguarius festival. I loved going there, because it was something unique and peaceful. It was my craziest bus ride ever in Australia, thank you Grasshoppers.
4. Fraser is the world´s largest sand island – 3 Days
This was the closest I went in the bush of Australia (really not the bush). I had three amazing days on the island and exploring it´s beauty. Wow, this was amazing experience. I entered Fraser Island from Freedom Beach and left the Island to Hervey Bay. From There went on a night bus to Airlie Beach.
I would totally recommend to take the small airplane ride over the island, you are landing and taking off on the beach which is Wicked Mate! You get a great panorama view over the island.
UNESCO: Fraser Island lies just off the east coast of Australia. At 122 km long, it is the largest sand island in the world. Majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on sand and half the world’s perched freshwater dune lakes are found inland from the beach. The combination of shifting sand-dunes, tropical rainforests and lakes makes it an exceptional site.
5. Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef – 6 Days
The only way to do Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef is one a both! You have to get on a both. I decided to go on a sailboat for 4 days. We did a lot of great snorkeling and I also had my first test-dive in the Great Barrier Reef. I don´t know if we were unlucky with the dive site, but it wasn’t that amazing (diving for first time was an awesome experience). The snorkeling was way better than the diving, colorful and vibrant. On this boat, talking with all this divers, I decided that in Koh Tao – Thailand, I was going take my Open Water License with PADI. Wow, I have had so many fantastic adventures underwater after this decision.
Yes, we did see the large green turtle.
We had amazing crew, great people. They really showed Australian beauty. Put me on a boat, Island or a beach – I´m happy, if you complete to fulfill them all, you get a very happy kid.
UNESCO: The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong (‘sea cow’) and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.
Have a day or two her for some brekkie and resting, one day before the boat and one day after. You really use a lot of energy when being with a group of 15-20 people on a boat. It´s fantastic and fun but you need some time to digest all the experience and exploring. It´s totally okay to take a break and relax.
Last Advices for One month in Australia
Accept that you can´t see everything with only one month in Australia. Make room for a couple of resting days, exploring and changing bed every 3 day can be exhausting. Make a list of your must see and go from there. Talk with other travelers how they did their trip, that can save you a lot on planing and wasting time on not important sites. If you are backpacking, maybe sign up for a membership at YHA hostel, great hostels and great prices. When planing a trip to Australia, don´t forget to have some time for New Zealand as well, when being down under your so close this scenic country – Shouldn’t be missed.
People in Australia are friendly and very helpful. You will love Australia it has a culture and a life of everything. Whatever you do, do not drink wine Goon. You will never recover. Good luck and happy traveling to Australia. Don´t bring any fruits to their country, if bringing anything declare it.
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