36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

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

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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 12.5 hours. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, then make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and then make a splash at Aqua Fun Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Aqua Fun Park, Mount Ninderry
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach travel planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mooloolaba to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Mooloolaba in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Daintree Entomological museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Myall Beach. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

Find out how to plan Port Douglas trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, and trek along Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) 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
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

2
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: explore and take pictures at Uluru, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Kuniya Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planner.

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. January in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow 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

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

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

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