31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Blackheath
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Toronto

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Maleny to see Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Brisbane is 15 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect Brisbane to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore Blackheath's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Blackheath trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Traveling from Fraser Island in March, expect Blackheath to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bilpin Cider Company, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker site .

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning app .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

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 ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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