30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Agincourt Reef and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Emu Ridge Gallery (in Kuranda) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Spend the 24th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns tour planning site .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cairns, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
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.
Visiting Alice Springs Desert Park and Owen Springs Reserve will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Ellery Creek Big Hole. Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, get outside with Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and get great views at Anzac Hill.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for little chillier days in Alice Springs, with highs around 74°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get in touch with nature at Cottesloe Beach and Binningup Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Perth Mint and The Fremantle Round House. Venture out of the city with trips to St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle (in Fremantle), Mandurah Cruises (in Mandurah) and Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine (in Harvey). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Perth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Alice Springs in September, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Binningup Beach, Perth Zoo, Mandurah Cruises, Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). Dedicate the 11th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

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Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. While traveling from Perth, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, St. Kilda Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Healesville Sanctuary
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

7
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.
Visiting Jenolan Caves and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. Visit The Rocks and The National Pass for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Coachwood Glen Nature Trail in Megalong Valley (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Taronga Zoo, The National Pass, Bronte Beach, Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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