33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

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

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wentworth Falls and Terrigal Beach. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip app .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Terrigal Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Brighton Beach and St Kilda Pier. Discover out-of-the-way places like Degraves Street and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Frankston Beach in Frankston--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at ArtVo, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can 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 January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Frankston Beach, Brighton Beach
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Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, and then wander the streets of West End. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Champagne Pools.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Champagne Pools ©
Champagne Pools
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Shorncliffe Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at State Library Of Queensland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Queen Street Mall, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Horseshoe Bay and Boathaven Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop and Into The Blue Gallery. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach attractions site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bowen
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Cairns

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 the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Birdworld Kuranda about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Birdworld Kuranda
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to City Beach and South Beach Recreation Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Ozone Reserve. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Ellis Brook Valley Reserve in Gosnells--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, walk around Hyde Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Scitech.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Perth is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South Beach Recreation Reserve, Ellis Brook Valley Reserve, St Johns Lutheran Church, City Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
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City Beach ©
City Beach
South Beach Recreation Reserve ©
South Beach Recreation Reserve
Scitech ©
Scitech

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