29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Melbourne
— 5 nights
End: Melbourne

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary app .

Melbourne to Perth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. In April, Perth is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, make a trip to Uluru, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online route planner .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In April, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas route builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hike along Fraser Island Great Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, explore the activities along Champagne Pools and then don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island vacation builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
K'gari ©
K'gari

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 7th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then have fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane attractions planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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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 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, and then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and finally get great views at Elysian Rock Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Giant Stairway, get great views at The Three Sisters, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Bilpin Cider Company, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
On the 18th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Canberra sightseeing planning app .

Drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Katoomba in May; daily highs in Canberra reach 19°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, Melbourne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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