30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip maker

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Mooloolaba
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades House & Gardens, get great views at Wentworth Falls Lookout, and trek along The Giant Stairway.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip maker tool.

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Mooloolaba

— 2 nights
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli and then cool off at Aqua Fun Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mooloolaba road trip planner.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Fly from Mooloolaba to Airlie Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mooloolaba in January since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 40 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online visit planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.