29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Kuranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. On the 16th (Wed), get great views at Govetts Leap, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Blue Mountains National Park Glenbrook.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Blue Mountains National Park day trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Blue Mountains National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Blue Mountains National Park, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in Blue Mountains National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains National Park Glenbrook, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

4
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.
Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, make a splash at Dreamworld, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

3
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.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the activities along The Brisbane River and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy some diversion at Cable Ski Cairns. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Emu Ridge Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuranda Koala Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kuranda road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Brisbane to Kuranda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Kuranda at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kuranda

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cable Ski Cairns, Spas & Wellness, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Barron Falls ©
Barron Falls

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.
On the 30th (Wed), have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kuranda to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You've now added Uluru to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

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. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne route planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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