36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  27​h
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Jabiru
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
Palm Cove
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Kuranda
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
Sydney
— 1 night
Sydney
— 2 nights
taxi:  15​min
Mosman
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
Victor Harbor
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Robe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Rome

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Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Litchfield National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Darwin online trip planner .

Rome, Italy to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Darwin. June in Darwin sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Jabiru.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Litchfield National Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and then don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jabiru day trip planning app .

Getting from Darwin to Jabiru by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

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Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Mirrai Lookout ©
Mirrai Lookout

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru to Cairns in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation route maker website .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. August in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then get great views at Rex Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Palm Cove trip builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Palm Cove in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kuranda.

Things to do in Palm Cove

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Yorkeys Knob Beach, Rex Lookout, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuranda Koala Gardens, then meet the residents at Rainforestation Nature Park, and then have fun at Cable Ski Cairns.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kuranda trip builder site .

Kuranda is just a stone's throw from Palm Cove. In August, daytime highs in Kuranda are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kuranda

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cable Ski Cairns, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Barron Falls ©
Barron Falls
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see a show at Sydney Opera House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kuranda to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kuranda in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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Sydney

Sydney ©
On the 22nd (Wed), kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and finally explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, then stroll through Clovelly, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mosman.

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Taronga Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman. On the next day, get great views at Marie Byles Lookout, then examine the collection at Gosford Classic Car Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mosman road trip app .

Mosman is just a short distance from Sydney. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Marie Byles Lookout, Gosford Classic Car Museum, Vaucluse House, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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Adelaide

Adelaide
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 26th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adelaide Zoo, and then take a stroll through Rundle Mall. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Mosman to Adelaide in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mosman in August: highs in Adelaide hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

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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.
On the 28th (Tue), head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then make a trip to Uluru.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Adelaide in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Mereenie Loop Road and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kings Creek Station.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kings Canyon route builder website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

#Historic Sites, #Scenic Drive, #Outdoors

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Mereenie Loop Road, Kings Canyon
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Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Kings Canyon ©
Kings Canyon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Hartley Street School Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planning website .

You can drive from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Victor Harbor.

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor ©
Victor Harbor is a town in South Australia on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 km south of the centre of Adelaide. On the 3rd (Mon), stroll through Urimbirra Wildlife Park, then don't miss a visit to The Goolwa Barrage, and then head off the coast to Granite Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Victor Harbor route builder website .

Getting from Alice Springs to Victor Harbor by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in September, plan for little chillier days in Victor Harbor, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Robe.

Things to do in Victor Harbor

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

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The Goolwa Barrage
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Granite Island ©
Granite Island
Urimbirra Wildlife Park ©
Urimbirra Wildlife Park

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Robe

Robe ©
Robe is a town and fishing port located in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Robe Beach, don't miss a visit to Cape Dombey Obelisk, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, and finally make a trip to The Big Lobster.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Robe trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Victor Harbor to Robe takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Robe

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Kingston SE
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Cape Jaffa Lighthouse ©
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
The Big Lobster ©
The Big Lobster

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, don't miss a visit to The Grotto, and then get great views at Twelve Apostles.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Campbell driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Robe to Port Campbell in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

#Parks, #Nature

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Twelve Apostles
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

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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, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne route planner .

Drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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