31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + shuttle:  27​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Stockholm

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and stop by With Sugar.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Port Douglas is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in December, things will get much hotter in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations), Wirreanda Park (in Buderim) and Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday planning website .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Coastal Walk, Wirreanda Park
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island driving holiday planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Melbourne

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 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
nights
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 29th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then don't miss a visit to Fremantle Prison.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Perth: highs are around 35°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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