31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Manchester

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Alexandra Bay Waterfall in Diwan (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel route planner .

Manchester, 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 bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. In December, Port Douglas is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday builder .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast journey planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra travel route builder website .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Canberra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow 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 Jan 7 — 11:
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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 ©
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: make a trip to Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°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 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.
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 your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Prepare for little chillier 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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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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