31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia journey planner

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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Alice Springs, Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive to Darwin, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Redcliffe and see Brisbane Whale Watching, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in Brisbane reach 71°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Hervey Bay

— 2 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 6th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Ocean Therapies Massage and Wellness Centre, view the masterpieces at Elfotography Hervey Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hervey Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Sydney

— 4 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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online road trip planner.

Fly from Hervey Bay to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Hervey Bay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Dedicate the 14th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Block Arcade, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at 57°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. You'll set off for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Animal Tracks Safari, admire all the interesting features of Ubirr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mamukala Wetlands, and trek along Bardedjilidji Walk.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

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 26th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 28th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Australia travel guide

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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.