38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner

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Train to Geelong Station/Railway Tce, Bus to Avalon, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive to Darwin, Fly to Perth
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Perth
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly to Mount Gambier, Bus to Warrnambool

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Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Warrnambool to Sydney is an approximately 8-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

Hervey Bay

— 3 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Birrabeen in Fraser Island (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with Whalesong Cruises, take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, relax and rejuvenate at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, and stroll through Esplanade.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay holiday maker app.

You can fly from Sydney to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Sea World Theme Park about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 12th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Honey House) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 14th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

Port Douglas

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip site.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, surround yourself with nature on Yellow Water Cruises, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwurr Art Site, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the activities along Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth. In October in Perth, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 nights
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, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner.

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in October; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

Adelaide

— 4 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Dedicate the 3rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, look for gifts at Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Adelaide day trip planning site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Adelaide hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.