38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Hanoi
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Leura
— 3 nights
train + Fly + bus:  13​h
Jabiru
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Hanoi

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, and take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning app .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Cairns is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hanoi to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
days
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. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. April in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

3
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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Elizas Gallery in Daintree, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Elizas Gallery
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then get outside with Walpa Gorge, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in May: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
Dedicate the 6th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

3
days
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Beaches

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Dicky Beach
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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

2
days
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey builder tool .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Leura.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
days
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, then trek along Grand Canyon track, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lincoln's Rock.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Leura road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Leura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Leura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Leura

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

3
days
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: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru journey planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Leura to Jabiru in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

1
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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perth online tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru to Perth in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jabiru to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Perth sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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