28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get in touch with nature at Wentworth Falls and Blue Mountains. On the 3rd (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, look for gifts at The Nook, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba itinerary planner.

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, The Nook
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Katoomba in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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
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 get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get outdoors at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Port Douglas, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
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 Michaelmas Cay. Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island day trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Escape the urban bustle at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. The adventure continues: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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