32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The National Pass and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Get outdoors at Wentworth Falls and The Three Sisters. Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Perry's Lookdown, explore the striking landscape at Wind Eroded Cave, and learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba road trip planner .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. January in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, The National Pass, Bilpin Cider Company, Wentworth Falls, Jenolan Caves
Highlights from your plan
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island itinerary tool .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Cairns in 6.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach for some beach relaxation. Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning app .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
We've included these beaches for you: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Catseye Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Golf Club will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Daydream Island Living Reef in Daydream Island (about 36 minutes away). There's more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach travel planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Mamukala Wetlands and Twin Falls will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Motor Car Falls and Anbangbang Rock Shelter. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

2
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.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: get outside with Walpa Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Field of Light, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. February in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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

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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Take a break from the city and head to The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda Beach. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill, The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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