37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 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
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Wake park. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Chennai, India to Cairns is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chennai in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Thornton Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at With Sugar, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton 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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in November, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

4
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.
Attractions like Aqua Park Bli Bli and Australia Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Maleny Dairies (in Maleny) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny Dairies, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Mooloolaba Beach, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli

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 13th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island route planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney vacation tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

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

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Attractions like Warnbro Beach and Quinns Rocks Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Perth sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, Perth is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Quinns Rocks Beach, Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach, Warnbro Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

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