29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Margaret River
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre. On your second day here, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday planner .

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 changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then make a trip to Uluru, and then hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey website .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney online route maker .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Take a break from the city and head to The Neck and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hobart trip builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Hobart is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Neck
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Get outdoors at Flinders Chase National Park and Admirals Arch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Raptor Domain and Stokes Beach. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and then enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Albany trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. December in Albany sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Parks Beaches
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

6
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Hamelin Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Cave and Yallingup Beach. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Dunsborough (Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse & Meelup Beach) and Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave). There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get your game on at Amaze'n Margaret River, cruise along Caves Road, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach.

Before you visit Margaret River, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Augusta, Vasse Felix Winery
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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