28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Lisbon

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 the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 20th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in December, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. Do your shopping at Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugar. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Myall Beach in Cape Tribulation, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get outside with Horses in Port, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 27th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and explore the galleries of Brett Whiteley Studio.

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

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Perry's Lookdown.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Leura sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Leura, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Perry's Lookdown
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Canberra vacation site .

Drive from Leura to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Leura in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Bonsai & Penjing Collection ©

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Appreciate the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and National Sports Museum. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Federation Square, get engrossed in the history at Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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