27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Hanoi

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Yellow Water and Motor Car Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru route maker website .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Jabiru is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coffee Works and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). There's more to do: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get outside with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 42°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Victoria and Degraves Street. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for gifts at The Candy Store Leura, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then stop by Rick Rutherford's Country, then admire all the interesting features of The National Pass, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Nook, stop by Odd Mountain, look for gifts at Katoomba Vintage Emporium, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, then look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Leura day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Leura in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Leura: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Victory Theatre Antique Centre, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcadefor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, look for gifts at Opal Minded, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online itinerary planner .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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