32 days in Australia & Yoshkar-Ola Itinerary

32 days in Australia & Yoshkar-Ola Itinerary

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32 days in Australia & Yoshkar-Ola Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Ventnor, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  12​h
6
Port Campbell, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Apollo Bay, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Torquay, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Shelly Beach, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​h
11
Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  45​h
12
Port Fairy, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  41​h
End: Chicago, United States


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Sydney, Australia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St George Openair Cinema, Sydney Fish Market, Taronga Zoo to Manly Beach Walk, and other attractions you added. On the 30th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, work some fitness into your day at Taronga Zoo to Manly Beach Walk, then kick back and relax at Manly Beach, then watch a film at St George Openair Cinema, and finally hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 16 hour difference. In December, Sydney is warmer than Chicago - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ventnor.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Tamarama Beach
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
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Ventnor, Australia

Ventnor ©
On the 1st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rock, kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then relax in the rural setting at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Berrys Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ventnor route planner.

Explore your travel options from Sydney to Ventnor with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ventnor when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ventnor

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Phillip Island Wildlife Park
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
Berrys Beach ©
Berrys Beach

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along St Kilda Pier, identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Ventnor to Melbourne takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, St Kilda Pier
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

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.
On the 4th (Sat), get outside with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, don't miss a visit to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, then get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 99°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atherton Tablelands and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Opal Reef (in Port Douglas) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are little chillier, around 89°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Birdworld Kuranda, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Opal Reef
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then head outdoors with The Arch, and finally explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell online attractions planner .

Do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Cairns to Port Campbell in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bay of Martyrs
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Arch ©
The Arch
Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs

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Apollo Bay, Australia

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 11th (Sat), tee off at Apollo Bay Golf Club, trek along Great Ocean Walk, then explore the different attractions at Karmic Goat Soapworks, then take in the dramatic scenery at Carisbrook Waterfall, and finally hike along Mait's Rest.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Apollo Bay sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Carisbrook Waterfall ©
Carisbrook Waterfall

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Torquay, Australia

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 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Taylor Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Fisherman's Beach, kick back and relax at Torquay Front Beach, then kick back and relax at Point Lonsdale Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): let little ones run wild at Torquay Foreshore Play Park, kick back and relax at Point Impossible Surf Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Serendip Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Torquay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, Serendip Sanctuary
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Torquay Front Beach ©
Torquay Front Beach
Serendip Sanctuary ©
Serendip Sanctuary
Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach

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nights
Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
You've now added Mt Oberon Summit Walk to your itinerary. On the 16th (Thu), hike along Mt Oberon Summit Walk, then explore the striking landscape of Little Waterloo Bay, and then take in the pleasant sights at Great Prom Walk. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Wilsons Promontory National Park, then kick back and relax at Picnic Bay, and then identify plant and animal life at Lilly Pilly Gully.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Wilsons Promontory National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Torquay to Wilsons Promontory National Park takes 4 hours. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shelly Beach.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park

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Shelly Beach, Australia

Shelly Beach ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Katandra Reserve, learn about winemaking at Firescreek Fruit Wines, then tee off at Shelly Beach Golf Club, then get your game on at Awezone Trampoline Park, and finally take a peaceful walk through Forest of Tranquility.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shelly Beach trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Shelly Beach. In January, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Yoshkar-Ola.

Things to do in Shelly Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Holgate, Awezone Trampoline Park, Toowoon Bay Beach, Forest of Tranquility
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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Toowoon Bay Beach ©
Toowoon Bay Beach
Forest of Tranquility ©
Forest of Tranquility
Katandra Reserve ©
Katandra Reserve

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Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

Yoshkar-Ola ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Clock 12 Apostles. Get in touch with nature at Central Beach and Cheboksary Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture and Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Prince Vladimir Cathedral (in Novocheboksarsk), Sea Eye Lake (in Shariboksad) and Cheboksary (Chuvash State Art Museum, Intercession Tatianinskiy Cathedral, & more).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yoshkar-Ola trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Shelly Beach to Yoshkar-Ola with the Route module. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Shelly Beach to Yoshkar-Ola due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Shelly Beach in January; daily highs in Yoshkar-Ola reach 17°F and lows reach 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Yoshkar-Ola

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cheboksary, Kozmodemyansk, Sea Eye Lake, Saint Prince Vladimir Cathedral
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Museum of History of Yoshkar-Ola ©
Museum of History of Yoshkar-Ola
Sea Eye Lake ©
Sea Eye Lake

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Port Fairy, Australia

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. On the 25th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cobboboonee National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Russell Clark Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Discovery Bay Marine National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Killarney Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Fairy day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yoshkar-Ola to Port Fairy. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Yoshkar-Ola to Port Fairy. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Bridgewater, Portland Botanical Gardens, Cobboboonee National Park
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Cobboboonee National Park ©
Cobboboonee National Park
Discovery Bay Marine National Park ©
Discovery Bay Marine National Park
Russell Clark Reserve ©
Russell Clark Reserve

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