32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney visit planning app .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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 6th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, get outside with Pelican Feeding, make a splash at Dreamworld, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Brisbane
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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
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.
Kids will enjoy Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route planning site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Wake park make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sugarworld Waterpark, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Airlie Beach Lagoon and Go-Kart Racing Track. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Jetryder (in Hamilton Island). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach travel route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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