33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 6 nights
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
9
Perth
— 6 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Beach and Wentworth Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Palm Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach, Terrigal Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brighton Beach and Frankston Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Paul's Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stop by Degraves Street, and engage your brain at Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

St Kilda Pier, Brighton Beach, Frankston Beach
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Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

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 take a stroll through West End. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

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

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Champagne Pools.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are °C, while nighttime lows are °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): enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at State Library Of Queensland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Queen Street Mall, thenexplore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

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

You can fly from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Get some cultural insight at Into The Blue Gallery and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Visit Airlie Beach Lagoon and Horseshoe Bay for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are °C, while nighttime lows are °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
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atherton Tablelands. Get in touch with nature at Josephine Falls and Behana Gorge Waterfall. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip tool.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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), trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then don't miss a visit to Uluru. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, thenget answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to 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. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at City Beach and South Beach Recreation Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scitech and St. Mary's Cathedral. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Ellis Brook Valley Reserve in Gosnells--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take a stroll through Northbridge.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. In January, Perth is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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