34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  27​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Perth
— 1 night
Fly + foot:  22​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour planning site .

Birmingham, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 27-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in January, things will get much warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, get outside with The Pinnacles, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island journey tool .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cairns in January since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route maker .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel route planner.

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 January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Kuniya Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 31st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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