30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
7
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
9
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Horseshoe Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bredl's Wild Farm and Heart Reef. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Grays Bay in Bowen--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Bredl's Wild Farm
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Get outdoors at Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Noosa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach and then meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip tool .

Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Seal Bay Conservation Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Gold Coast to Kangaroo Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Owen Springs Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Owen Springs Reserve ©
Owen Springs Reserve
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): trek along Kuniya Walk, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Visiting Broome Town Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Broome Historical Museum. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, kick back and relax at Cable Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Broome itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Broome takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Broome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, with highs in Broome at 36°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Crocosaurus Cove. Go for a jaunt from Darwin to Batchelor to see Litchfield National Park about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

You can fly from Broome to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broome to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Broome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Darwin, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:
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Speed Boats Tours
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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