35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Torquay
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
10
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
11
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip app .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Torquay

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 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

To find out how to plan a trip to Torquay, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Torquay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trip

13th Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the galleries of Fremantle Prison, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Perth online tour builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Perth takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Torquay in January: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Port Douglas hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Brisbane is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, stroll through Indian Head, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fraser Island vacation builder tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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