34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Townsville
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h
6
Longreach
— 1 night
Train:  7 h 15 min
7
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Maclean
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 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. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Palm Cove (Annie's at the Beach & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Opal Reef & Ngarru Gallery). There's lots more to do: make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark, identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Cairns, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Sugarworld Waterpark, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, stroll through The Strand, thentake in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks. On your second day here, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville, thenget great views at Mount Stuart, thenbrowse the exhibits of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum and then examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Longreach trip itinerary website.

Getting from Townsville to Longreach by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Townsville in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Longreach: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum ©
Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum

2
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Thu), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, browse the collection at Bundaberg Regional Libraries, thenbrush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Snakes Downunder Reptile Park, thenexamine the collection at Old Pharmacy Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alexandra Park Zoo.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Longreach to Bundaberg takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Longreach in January; daily highs in Bundaberg reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Maclean.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Childers
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Snakes Downunder Reptile Park ©
Snakes Downunder Reptile Park
Alexandra Park Zoo ©
Alexandra Park Zoo
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

1
night
Maclean

Maclean ©
Maclean is a town in Clarence Valley local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Clarence River, view the masterpieces at Witzig Gallery, thentake an in-depth tour of Maclean District Historical Society Incorporated, and finally get great views at Maclean Lookout.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Maclean itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Bundaberg to Maclean with the Route module. January in Maclean sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maclean

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Clarence River ©
Clarence River

5
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.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to South Bank Parklands in Brisbane (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Maclean to Gold Coast by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 29th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, thenkick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and finally trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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