24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Torquay
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5​h 15​min
9
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through 13th Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay attractions planning website .

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trip

13th Beach
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Torquay in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stop by With Sugar.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation maker .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Family-friendly places like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 4th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lincoln's Rock, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island road trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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