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
— 4 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
— 5 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.
Visiting Wentworth Falls and Perry's Lookdown will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Katoomba tour builder tool .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. January in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off 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

Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, The Nook
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

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 in touch with nature 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, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Katoomba in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and stop by Coffee Works.

Make your Port Douglas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island online trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Heart Reef will get you outdoors. On the 19th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. It doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours and stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Lord Howe Island Golf Club. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) 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

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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