31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Blackheath
— 5 nights
Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Perth
— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Platypus Viewing Platform (in Yungaburra) and Palm Cove (Biked - Palm Cove, Palm Cove Beach, &more). Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip site.

Ahmedabad, India to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Ahmedabad in December, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree), Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning tool.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and finally hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Long Reef Point (in Collaroy Beach) and The Crommelin Native Arboretum (in Pearl Beach). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the exciting artwork at ATTY Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and steep yourself in history at The Rocks Discovery Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel route planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Blackheath

— 5 nights
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Get a sense of the local culture at The National Pass and Megalong Creek Estate. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blast Furnace Park and Saint Bonaventure's Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blackheath: Marrangaroo National Park (in Wallerawang), Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) and Bilpin (Hillbilly Cider & Bilpin Cider Company). There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin walk, trek along The Giant Stairway, and take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout.

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Getting from Sydney to Blackheath by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Blackheath can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Blackheath

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 5 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.
Visiting The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Sovereign Hill. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Sea All Dolphin Swims in Queenscliff, approximately Queenscliff away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Melbourne. Traveling from Blackheath in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, go for a walk through Mala Walk, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Perth

— 3 nights

City of Light

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 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Northbridge, explore the activities along Swan River, look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, stroll through Scarborough Beach, then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Perth to be slightly colder, temps between 35°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

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.