34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Port Arthur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Launceston
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Atherton Tablelands. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas). Spend the 1st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Emu Run Experience - Day Tours as well as Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. On the next day, make a short side trip with Emu Run Experience - Day Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in September, Alice Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. On the 5th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Tjanpi Desert Weavers ©
Tjanpi Desert Weavers

8
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bridport Walking Track and Ben Lomond National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Lillico Beach Conservation Area (in Lillico), Platypus House (in Beauty Point) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Trowunna Wildlife Park, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, fly down the slopes at Ben Lomond Ski Resort, and admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip maker tool .

Fly from Alice Springs to Launceston in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in September: highs in Launceston hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Devonport, Ben Lomond National Park, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 13:
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Bridport Walking Track ©
Bridport Walking Track
Platypus House ©
Platypus House
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve

few
hours
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Port Arthur Historic Site has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

8
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Four Corners of Ross and Gallery 81. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Convict Brick Trail (in Campbell Town), Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh) and Latrobe (Warrawee Forest Reserve, Bell's Parade, & more). See even more of Launceston: get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, see the interesting displays at Bass & Flinders Centre, admire the engineering at Mountain Stream Fishery, and learn about winemaking at Entally Estate.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Port Arthur to Launceston by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Latrobe, Campbell Town, Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, Batman Bridge
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 21:
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Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Narawntapu National Park ©
Narawntapu National Park

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Bells Beach (in Torquay), Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Launceston to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Eastern Beach Reserve, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Bells Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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