31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate, get great views at The Three Sisters, and take in the awesome beauty at Perry's Lookdown.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip tool .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Bilpin Cider Company, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary maker website .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns visit planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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