30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Apollo Bay
— 1 night
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Port Campbell
— 1 night
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Cowes
— 1 day
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Melbourne
— 1 night
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Alice Springs
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
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Alice Springs
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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
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Darwin
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
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Melbourne — 3 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at ACMI and Collins St/Swanston St. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brighton Beach and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation maker website.

Madrid, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Madrid in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Apollo Bay.
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Apollo Bay — 1 night

Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Apollo Bay trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll set off for Port Campbell on the 11th (Thu).
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Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Port Campbell — 1 night

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): kick back and relax at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Ard Gorge.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell road trip site.

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cowes.
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Cowes — 1 day

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): do a tasting at Purple Hen Winery, learn about winemaking at Phillip Island Winery, then brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cowes trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Cowes takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Cowes are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 1 night

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Alice Springs.
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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.
On the 13th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, stroll through Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To plan Alice Springs vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 2 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.
On the 14th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Kings Canyon.
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Kings Canyon — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to Kings Creek Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Watarrka National Park, then stroll through Kings Canyon, and finally take a memorable drive along Mereenie Loop Road.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kings Canyon vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Alice Springs.
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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Alice Springs

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs, view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, and then take an exotic tour of Wayoutback Australian Safaris.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Getting from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Darwin.
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Darwin — 2 nights

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 18th (Thu), learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Darwin day trip website.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 5 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Visiting Cahills Crossing and Bardedjilidji Walk will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands, get great views at Mirray Lookout, take in the dramatic natural features at Arnhem Land Escarpment, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.
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Darwin — 1 night

On the 24th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, steep yourself in history at Burnett House, examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar, then identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinity Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Venture out of the city with trips to Platypus Viewing Platform (in Yungaburra), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Kuranda (Honey House, Barron Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool.

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Cairns. While traveling from Darwin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

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 off the beaten path and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Anzac Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Cronulla Beach Walk (in Cronulla). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, and trek along Manly Scenic Walkway.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 1 day

On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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Phillip Island travel guide

4.3
Wildlife Areas · Islands · Dolphin & Whale Watching
A rocky outcrop set against the charming backdrop of the Westernport Bay, Phillip Island boasts sandy beaches and scenic hillsides. Important preservation areas exist on the island, serving as home to a variety of species, such as wallabies, kangaroos, and seals. Surfing is a popular activity, with the area’s waves and breakers being renowned as among the most reliable in the country.
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Kakadu National Park travel guide

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World heritage site · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Geologic Formations
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. Experience Kakadu's magic in six dramatically different seasons. International flights arrive directly into Darwin from many global hubs. From the airport it's about a three hour drive by car to Kakadu National Park. Follow the Nature's Way route from Darwin for a longer adventure through the Top End.

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