28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Megalong Valley, Leura, Gallery Blackheath, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

5
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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planner.

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On the next day, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lord Howe Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online tour builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. January in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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