36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
2
Richmond
— 1 night
3
Canberra
— 1 night
4
Leura
— 3 nights
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
10
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
12
Perth
— 1 night

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 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of Fitzroy Gardens.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder site.

Adelaide to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Richmond

Richmond ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Scienceworks, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and then stroll through Dendy Street Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Richmond online trip planner.

Richmond is just a stone's throw from Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Richmond

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dendy Street Beach, Scienceworks, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

1
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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Parliament of Australia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Canberra visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Richmond to Canberra. When traveling from Richmond in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Canberra: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

3
nights
Leura

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Change things up with a short trip to Bilpin Cider Company in Bilpin (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Leura day trip planning app.

You can drive from Canberra to Leura in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Leura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

5
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, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Plan my day in Sydney using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Brisbane journey planner.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. The time zone changes from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, make a trip to K'gari, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

Before you visit Fraser Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can 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, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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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). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner.

You can fly from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 10 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. In January, Perth is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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