31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Torquay
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
10
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  26​h
End: Asheville

4
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Asheville, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 15 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Asheville in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne travel route planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (81°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through 13th Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Geelong Adventure Specialists and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lonsdale Beach.

Make your Torquay itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Torquay are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

13th Beach, Geelong Adventure Specialists, Point Lonsdale Beach
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Geelong Adventure Specialists ©
Geelong Adventure Specialists
Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, then enjoy some diversion at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Perth trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Perth in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Torquay to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Torquay in January; daily highs in Perth reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

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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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: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 99°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are little chillier, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Spas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
Airlie Beach

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 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach day trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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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.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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