28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Blackheath
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Vienna

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Vienna, Austria to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and then trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural 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.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough 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

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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.
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, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and The Three Sisters (in Katoomba). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, hike along Grand Canyon track, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Rock.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blackheath trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Blackheath by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Blackheath, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Grand Canyon track, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

2
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: don't miss a visit to Ubirr, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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