29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
End: Sydney

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, stroll through Lagoon Beach, and examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip maker website .

Sydney to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Golf Club ©
Lord Howe Island Golf Club

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 4th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planning site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, make a trip to Field of Light, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 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 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) 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
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne tour builder site .

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 February: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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