30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston Stfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Degraves Street. Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, and shop like a local with The White Room Interiors.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then get curious at Questacon, and then take a stroll around Albert Hall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Albert Hall ©
Albert Hall

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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building (QVB). There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and listen to music at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planning tool .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island travel route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Heart Reef. There's more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Lord Howe Island to Airlie Beach in 7 hours. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Rusty's Marketfor plenty of shopping. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets. Spend the 2nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and get your game on at Laserfun.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Janbal Gallery, stop by With Sugar, and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Janbal Gallery, Wonga Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Walkatjara Art. Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

Before you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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