38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Shuttle:  26 h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  11 h 15 min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 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
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: London

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.
Get some cultural insight at Daintree Entomological museum and Ngarru Gallery. Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation to see Daintree National Park about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip app .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. In February, Port Douglas is much warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bones and Jones and KickArts Contemporary Arts. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in February, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Visiting Ned's Beach and Lord Howe Island Walking Trails will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online route planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House.

To plan Sydney vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at The Great Ocean Road and Balloon Rides. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Kitty Miller Bay (in Ventnor) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kitty Miller Bay, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Koala Conservation Centre
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Visiting Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole will get you outdoors. Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 41°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get in touch with nature at Motor Car Falls and Koolpin Gorge. Twin Falls and Anbangbang Rock Shelter are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, go for a walk through Yurmikmik Walks, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

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