29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip site .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra), Laserzone Sunshine Coast (in Warana) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane route planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, SunJet Simulations, Laserzone Sunshine Coast
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

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

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 4th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Swan River and then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Perth route planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get little chillier in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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