27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Torquay
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
9
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
For shopping fun, head to Walkatjara Art or Wintjiri Arts + Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

Mumbai, India to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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 the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. Head to Ngarru Gallery and Sunday Market Port Douglasfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Mooloolaba Beach in Mooloolaba (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Mooloolaba Beach, Chenrezig Institute
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Katoomba Cascades & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the exciting artwork at Billich Gallery, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra day trip planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Head to Melbourne Central and Craft Victoriafor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Koala Conservation Centre in Cowes, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne planner .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the galleries of Geelong Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

Start your trip to Torquay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Torquay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Geelong Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Geelong Gallery ©
Geelong Gallery

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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 16th (Thu): take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Fremantle Markets.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Perth holiday builder website .

Getting from Torquay to Perth by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Torquay to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Torquay in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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