33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tranquility Falls (in Daintree), Cape Tribulation (Myall Beach & Cape Tribulation Beach) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas attractions tool .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

6
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 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip website .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

4
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning website .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. April in Brisbane sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:
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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