36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Mount Warning
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Byron Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Glasgow

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, stroll through Trinity Beach, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Glasgow, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Cairns is 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Barron Gorge National Park
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

5
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.
Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mount Warning.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

1
night
Mount Warning

Mount Warning
To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mount Warning trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Tribulation to Mount Warning. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in July, things will get a bit cooler in Mount Warning: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. You'll set off for Byron Bay on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Mount Warning

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

few
hours
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arakwal National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mount Warning to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mount Warning in July, Byron Bay is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Arakwal National Park ©
Arakwal National Park

4
nights
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, cool off at Dreamworld, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast itinerary website .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Conondale National Park
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney visit site .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 14:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne vacation planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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