28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Blackheath
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
4
Exmouth
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Blackheath

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
On the 21st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then learn about winemaking at Hillbilly Cider, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Blackheath online vacation planner .

Drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. In February in Blackheath, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bilpin, The National Pass
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Francis Church, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Melbourne. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Blackheath in February, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and The Ningaloo Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Wobiri Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Reef, kick back and relax at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, discover the deep blue sea with Turquoise Bay, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Exmouth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Exmouth. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get a bit warmer in Exmouth: highs are around 44°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
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Shark Diving
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and then make a trip to Uluru. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Exmouth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 21.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Exmouth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 4th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 18.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
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.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 7th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. March in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Historic Village Herberton and Artistree Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Artistree Gallery, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
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 15th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Lord Howe Island in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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