29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Annie's at the Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns. In December, Cairns is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and make a trip to Uluru.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

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

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online travel planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, Sydney is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra online travel planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planning app .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fremantle Prison, then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Perth vacation site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in Perth hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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