29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  13​h 30​min
9
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Krakow

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Krakow, Poland to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Krakow in December, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness in Cape Tribulation (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip builder website .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

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.
On the 6th (Sun), kick back and relax at Moffat Beach and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planning website .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Step out of Fraser Island with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hervey Bay--about 52 minutes away.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip maker tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Swan River, then have some family-friendly fun at Rollerzone, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bells Rapids Park, learn about winemaking at Talijancich Wines, and then identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Perth attractions planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Perth by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fraser Island in January since evenings lows in Perth dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rollerzone, Bells Rapids Park, Talijancich Wines, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

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