30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Quebec City

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel route planner .

Quebec City, Canada to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Quebec City to Port Douglas. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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: don't miss a visit to Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and get great views at Uluru.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Torquay online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Torquay in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Torquay are much colder (29°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

5
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planner .

Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
On the 4th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra road trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning site .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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