27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai
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
+4
Bus + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus:  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 ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, get a new perspective on nature at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary maker tool.

Mumbai, India to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

3
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.
Head to Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Galleryfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Underart Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip website.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a 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
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ngarru Gallery and Coffee Works Port Douglas. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Chenrezig Institute. Museum-lovers will get to explore Queensland Art Gallery and Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Mooloolaba Beach in Mooloolaba, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane vacation planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Australian National Maritime Museum and Billich Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Katoomba Cascades & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Queen Victoria Building, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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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): identify plant and animal life at Floriade, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canberra road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Canberra. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

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

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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Craft Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to St. Kilda Beach and St Kilda Pier. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Koala Conservation Centre in Cowes, approximately Cowes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

St Kilda, Koala Conservation Centre
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.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Geelong Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay road trip planning website.

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Spas
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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and finally walk around 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, then explore the activities along Swan River, and then hunt for treasures at Fremantle Markets.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Perth journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Torquay to Perth takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Torquay in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

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