32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  28 h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
6
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Toronto

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 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. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Field of Light ©
Field of Light

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.
Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Perth online road trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get slightly colder in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and look for gifts at OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

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

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Jenolan Caves, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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