39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Wentworth Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Blackheath
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 15​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
11
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + train:  20​h
12
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  32​h
End: Jerusalem

3
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 a short trip to Alexandra Bay Waterfall in Diwan (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Port Douglas is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jerusalem in December: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns route planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and take a tour of Maheno Wreck.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane route builder tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey builder app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Wentworth Falls on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls is a town in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, situated approximately west of the Sydney central business district, and about east of Katoomba, Australia on the Great Western Highway, with a Wentworth Falls railway station on the Main Western line. Wentworth Falls is known for nature, golf, museums, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, don't miss a visit to Sublime Point Lookout, and explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wentworth Falls trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Melbourne to Wentworth Falls with the Route module. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Wentworth Falls. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Wentworth Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

2
nights
Blackheath

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, take some stellar pictures from Anvil Rock Lookout, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Govetts Leap and then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Blackheath trip planner .

Blackheath is just a stone's throw from Wentworth Falls. January in Blackheath sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Blackheath

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Anvil Rock Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden ©
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along Kuniya Walk, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally go for a walk through Field of Light. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, then browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and finally get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blackheath in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, cool off at Airlie Aqua Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Airlie Beach takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Airlie Beach are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong, and take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 15 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): shop like a local with Hastings Street and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. On the next day, look for gifts at Watermelon Red, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and train from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Noosa in 20 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

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