31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

4
days
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planning app .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Palm Cove Beach

4
days
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 8th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and gear up at Port Douglas Boat Hire.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay Beach, Myall Beach
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

3
days
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Infinity Attraction will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: make a splash at Dreamworld, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

2
days
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
days
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 21st (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canberra holiday maker site .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

5
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum will thrill your kids. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

3
days
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Caversham Wildlife Park and Scarborough Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle), Illusionary Art (in Herne Hill) and The Maze, home of Outback Splash (in Bullsbrook). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth trip itinerary app .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, Illusionary Art, The Maze, home of Outback Splash, Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
The Maze, home of Outback Splash ©
The Maze, home of Outback Splash

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