29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
+2
train + foot + Fly:  24​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 4 nights
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  26​h
End: Nottingham

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and then make a trip to Fremantle Prison.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Perth trip planner .

Nottingham, UK to Perth is an approximately 24-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nottingham to Perth is 8 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Nottingham in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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.
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey maker tool .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

3
nights
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, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately 32 minutes away. On the 26th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Valley, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Katoomba to Port Douglas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Katoomba in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online tour planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shaolin Junk Cruises, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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