36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Richmond
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Leura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
12
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday planner .

Adelaide to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Richmond.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Richmond

Richmond ©
Richmond is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 3 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra municipality. On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and then stroll through Dendy Street Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Richmond day trip planner .

Richmond is just a stone's throw from Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Richmond

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
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), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

Planning Canberra trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

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 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 ©
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. Take a break from Leura with a short trip to Bilpin Cider Company in Bilpin, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Leura trip maker site .

You can drive from Canberra to Leura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, Leura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip site .

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can 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
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
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, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island travel tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online holiday maker .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to 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
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and stroll through Eli Creek.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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 (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site .

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the galleries of Fremantle Prison.

Discover how to plan a Perth trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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