29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  33​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto


3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Yellow Water and Motor Car Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cahills Crossing and Ubirr. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Myall Beach in Cape Tribulation, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 4th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: stop by With Sugar.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Walkatjara Art and Uluru. Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Field of Light, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) 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 ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum. Head to Degraves Street and Collins St/Swanston Stfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at FortyFiveDownstairs, get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip app .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Visit Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Lord Howe Island Museum. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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