29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 5 nights
2
Leura
— 3 nights
3
Canberra
— 3 nights
4
Cowes
— 3 nights
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
7
Cairns
— 5 nights

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.
For shopping fun, head to Brett Whiteley Studio or ATTY Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Queen Victoria Building, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary website.

Phoenix, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Phoenix to Sydney. Traveling from Phoenix in January, expect nights in Sydney to be much hotter, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Shopping
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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. Get a sense of the local culture at Lost Bear Gallery and Katoomba Antique Centre. Appreciate the collections at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Explore Leura's surroundings by going to Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum (in Lithgow) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Falls Gallery, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, explore the galleries of Gallery One88, and look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Leura vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Leura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Leura are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Leura

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Falls Gallery, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

3
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian War Memorial and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Head to Scott Leggo Gallery and Strathnairn Artsfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Village Antiques in Bungendore (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at PhotoAccess, engage your brain at Questacon, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canberra vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Leura to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Leura in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Canberra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Bungendore
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
For shopping fun, head to Tyde or Cowes Bazaar and Gallery. National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kitty Miller Bay, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, identify plant and animal life at Koala Conservation Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ventnor Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cowes driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Cowes in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cowes: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Phillip Island, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, The Nobbies Centre
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Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Buxton Contemporary and Royal Arcade. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, view the masterpieces at Craft Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine.

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

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's lots more to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairnsfor plenty of shopping. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Historic Village Herberton in Herberton, approximately Herberton away. Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning app.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Smithfield Shopping Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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