32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cowes
— 5 nights
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Ferry to Stony Point, Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Botanical Gardens. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and stroll through Wrights Lookout.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary app.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

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

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Melbourne

— 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and The Great Ocean Road make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, make a trip to Fitzroy Gardens, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip app.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:

Cowes

— 5 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will enjoy The Nobbies Centre and Koala Conservation Centre. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Wildlife Coast Cruises, get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kitty Miller Bay.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cowes travel planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:

Katoomba

— 4 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves, approximately Jenolan Caves away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, stroll through The Giant Stairway, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and make a trip to Echo Point Lookout.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Katoomba route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and train from Cowes to Katoomba takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi to Coogee Walk and Sydney Opera House. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip app.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at The Bell Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Perth in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Perth. When traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.