29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Daintree
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 30​min
6
Healesville
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly + train:  8​h
9
Pokolbin
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
11
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
12
Noosa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
13
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

2
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns travel route planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Spend the 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Elizas Gallery, then stroll through Cow Bay Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Daintree online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Daintree in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Elizas Gallery ©
Elizas Gallery
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight from Daintree to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Daintree in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

3
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.
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, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Healesville.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get outside with Mount Donna Buang and then appreciate the views at Healesville Sanctuary.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Healesville trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Healesville takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Healesville to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Healesville

Zoos & Aquariums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Donna Buang
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
Mount Donna Buang ©
Mount Donna Buang

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Healesville to Melbourne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and finally head off the coast to Macquarie Island.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart tour planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Hobart by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Hobart hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

1
day
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines, then do a tasting at Hungerford Hill Wines, then learn about winemaking at Misty Glen Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Leogate Estate Wines.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Pokolbin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, things will get a bit warmer in Pokolbin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries

Side Trip

Ernest Hill Wines
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Misty Glen Wines ©
Misty Glen Wines

3
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: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
day
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Noosa itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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

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