26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Walkatjara Art and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Melbourne Zoo and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, buy something for everyone on your list at Emporium Melbourne, don't miss a visit to Collins St/Swanston St, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 13th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre, stop by Teddy Sinclair, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally hike along The National Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

The National Pass, Teddy Sinclair, Perry's Lookdown
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, shop like a local with Pitt Street Mall, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Champagne Pools.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island online journey builder .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 12.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's more to do: stop by With Sugar.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Do your shopping at Village Gallery and Tanks Arts Centre. Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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