24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Paris

3
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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary website .

Paris, France to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paris to Cairns. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
On the 6th (Thu), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Photography Tours

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to 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. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be colder, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park, then don't miss a visit to Emu Ridge, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Island Pure Sheep Dairy. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and then get great views at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse ©
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get lost in a book at State Library Victoria.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, daytime highs in Melbourne are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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