29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Drive + Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Milan

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mindil Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Milan to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Milan in January; daily highs in Darwin reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Michaelmas Cay. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 9th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Jason Ree. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 17th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canberra road trip planning site .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Canberra. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

3
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 the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and HMAS Castlemaine. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 21st (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and then get your bearings at State Library of South Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seacliff Beach, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, and finally appreciate the history behind King Edward VII Memorial.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Migration Museum
Migration Museum
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the activities along Swan River, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Perth day trip planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Perth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Adelaide to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in January, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Museums
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, and don't miss a visit to Uluru.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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