34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Mission Beach (in Mission Beach). There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Bones and Jones.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Ottawa to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mission Beach, Trinity Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, stop by With Sugar, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree National Park, Photography Tours, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get outdoors at Litchfield National Park and Berry Springs Nature Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Defence of Darwin Experience. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Bendigo Art Gallery and Museo Italiano. Get outdoors at Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Wendouree. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Lorne Beach (in Lorne), Spas (in Daylesford) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, things will get colder in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bendigo Art Gallery, Lorne Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

4
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cascade Brewery will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Neck, look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co., take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

You can plan Hobart trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, The Wicked Cheese Co., The Neck, Russell Falls
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, examine the collection at Old Parliament House, and then admire the natural beauty at National Arboretum Canberra.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Canberra itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Hobart to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in July, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Canberra. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Featherdale Wildlife Park and Lincoln's Rock. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama) and Blue Mountains (in Katoomba). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, Sydney is a bit warmer than Canberra - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Lincoln's Rock, Kiama Blowhole, Blue Mountains, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast vacation builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
On the 31st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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