34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Drive:  3​h
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newcastle


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3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at The National Pass and Jenolan Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Bilpin (Hillbilly Cider & Bilpin Cider Company). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip website .

Newcastle to Katoomba is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bilpin, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Lord Howe Island in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head for some beach relaxation.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island online trip builder .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 12.5 hours. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Family-friendly places like Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Kuranda and see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Daintree Tea). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online visit planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill, The Great Ocean Road, Koala Conservation Centre
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 14th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at James Boag Brewery Experience, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tasmania Zoo, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seahorse World, and finally admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 28°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Seahorse World
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands

2
nights
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
On the 16th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friendly Beaches.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coles Bay day trip site .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Bellerive Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally stroll through Kingston Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and then contemplate the long history of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Port Arthur Historic Site, Bellerive Beach, Pooseum
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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