29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel planner

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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Cairns

— 4 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.
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Granite Gorge Nature Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Off-Road Tours) and Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary builder website.

Houston, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 16 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Houston in June, with highs in Cairns at 79°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Cow Bay Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Daintree Entomological museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 6 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bardedjilidji Walk and Anbangbang Rock Shelter. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nourlangie Rock and Anbangbang Billabong. Change things up with a short trip to Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gubara, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, cast your line with Kakadu Fishing Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arnhem Land Escarpment.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Visiting Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru Hiking Path will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mala Walk and Kuniya Walk. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Museums

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Australian Sports Museum and Degraves Street. Bring the kids along to ArtVo and ACMI. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt Melbourne, admire the masterpieces at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Kids will enjoy Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Get outdoors at Cockatoo Island and North Head Sanctuary. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.