28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, play a few rounds at Cairns Golf Club, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

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New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get slightly colder in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation day trip app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Opal Reef. Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Maguk Gorge and Ubirr are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Jim Jim Falls and Yellow Water. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Visiting Valley of the Winds and Uluru Hiking Path will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: trek along Kuniya Walk, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can 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

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and The National Opal Collection. Spend the 3rd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Wildlife Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Museum. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 66°F and lows about 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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