36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Norwich
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
7
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
9
Albany
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Norwich

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mossman Gorge Centre and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

Norwich, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Norwich to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Norwich in April, things will get much warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Photography Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some historical perspective at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Road Transport Hall of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for gifts at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in April since evenings lows in Alice Springs dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Get outdoors at Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Blue Mountains and Kiama Blowhole. The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Govetts Leap, Wentworth Falls, Kiama Blowhole
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Constitution Dock will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to The Neck, look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co., and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get little chillier in Hobart: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, The Wicked Cheese Co., The Neck, Russell Falls
Find places to stay May 2 — 6:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Loch Ard Gorge and Mait's Rest. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps, don't miss a visit to The Grotto, and take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mait's Rest
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Visiting Seal Bay Conservation Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and stroll through Stokes Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

4
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Escape the urban bustle at Greens Pool and Tree Top Walk. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Rocks in Denmark (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Little Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, stroll through Emu Point, and pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albany attractions site .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Albany by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Albany, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Tree Top Walk
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Tree Top Walk ©
Tree Top Walk
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks

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