31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
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Drive to Darwin, Fly to Alice Springs, Drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
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Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 Spas, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip website.

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. In October, Cairns is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Entomological museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation holiday maker site.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Port Douglas

— 4 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

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You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 4 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Yellow Water Cruises, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 21st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Katoomba

— 4 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Take a break from Katoomba with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, explore the landscape on two wheels at Narrow Neck Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

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

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, Katoomba is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.