30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
8
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  27​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Botanical Gardens and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday app .

Birmingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Birmingham to Cairns. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Birmingham in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and stroll through Catseye Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

4
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Airlie Beach Lagoon and Cumberland Charter Yachts. On the 2nd (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip builder site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Hyde Park. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary planning website .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Wendouree and Art Gallery of Ballarat. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, have some family-friendly fun at Pinball Paradise, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Ballarat
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Balloon Rides
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Residency, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, then view the masterpieces at Tjanpi Desert Weavers, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Tours Parks
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2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Photography Tours. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cape Tribulation and see Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, stop by With Sugar, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Photography Tours
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Photography Tours

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