34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 7 nights
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
3
Cowes
— 4 nights
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
6
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
7
Katoomba
— 4 nights

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Sydney Opera House and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney route planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Taronga Zoo, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Fitzroy Gardens, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Nobbies Centre and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cowes: Loch Memorial Reserve (in Loch) and Maru Koala and Animal Park (in Grantville). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, try for a hole-in-one at Grumpys Crazy Golf, and stroll through Kitty Miller Bay.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cowes trip maker website.

Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Cowes, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Newhaven, Ventnor, The Nobbies Centre, Loch Memorial Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, cool off at Cairns Wake park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns travel planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Cowes to Cairns takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cowes in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Myall Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Douglas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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 Warner Bros. Movie World make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Dreamworld, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, get in on the family fun at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, and don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast vacation planning website.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:
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Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
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 Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Katoomba tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Gold Coast to Katoomba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Katoomba, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, The National Pass, Jenolan Caves, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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