31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:
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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 22nd (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker site .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Melbourne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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 29th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Perth trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Perth in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Torquay to Perth is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Torquay in November: high temperatures in Perth hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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 Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (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
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker app .

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, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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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 12th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then 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 photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 13th (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 11 — 13:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to FlyWaco (in Caloundra), Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

FlyWaco, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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