28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Perth
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
Jabiru
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 12th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Museums, #Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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Melbourne Zoo

5
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, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel route builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
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The Rocks

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Ned's Beach, then see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then stroll through Lagoon Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 21st (Mon), steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the next day, do a tasting at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth travel route builder site .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Perth by flight takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
nights
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jabiru travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation to see Daintree National Park about 48 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, stroll through Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 31st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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