28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Ningaloo
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​h 30​min
2
Purnululu National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
9
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Rockhampton
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
11
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Ningaloo

Ningaloo ©
Explore hidden gems such as Coral Bay Beach and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ningaloo: Coral Bay (Ningaloo Marine Park & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Exmouth (The Ningaloo Gallery, Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, & more).

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Ningaloo trip itinerary builder .

Sydney to Ningaloo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Ningaloo hover around 44°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Purnululu National Park.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Exmouth, Coral Bay
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Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Coral Bay Beach ©
Coral Bay Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Purnululu National Park, explore the striking landscape at Bungle Bungle Range, and then explore the striking landscape at Bungle Bungles Range.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Purnululu National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Ningaloo to Purnululu National Park takes 24 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Purnululu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Purnululu National Park ©
Purnululu National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Purnululu National Park to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 31 hours. Traveling from Purnululu National Park to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

2
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 discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Port Douglas Boat Hire ©
Port Douglas Boat Hire
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

2
nights
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 12th (Sat), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then stroll through Mission Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Etty Bay and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Etty Bay
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Michaelmas Cay and Atherton Tablelands. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip site .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Whitsunday Islands National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, then play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and then get your game on at Sports Club.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Cumberland Charter Yachts. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a tour by water with Whitsunday Boat Hire, and look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): cool off at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton online route planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Rockhampton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In January in Rockhampton, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Lake Wabby.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island holiday builder website .

Getting from Rockhampton to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. 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 enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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