31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Cooma
— 12 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Canberra
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cooma
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 7 nights
End: Melbourne

1
night
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hosier Lane, then don't miss a visit to Southbank, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Canberra to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Canberra in August, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cooma.

Things to do in Melbourne

Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Southbank ©
Southbank
Hosier Lane ©
Hosier Lane

12
nights
Cooma

Cooma ©
Cooma is a town in the south of New South Wales, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Cooma side-trips: Perisher Blue Ski Resort (in Perisher Valley), Snow Gums Boardwalk (in Charlottes Pass) and Narooma (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mill Bay Boardwalk). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Jindabyne, take in the awesome beauty at Kosciuszko National Park, see the interesting displays at Corrective Services NSW Museum, and take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cooma trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Melbourne to Cooma. In August, daily temperatures in Cooma can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cooma

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Merimbula, Jindabyne, Narooma, Thredbo Village, Central Tilba
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Selwyn Snow Resort ©
Selwyn Snow Resort
Lake Jindabyne ©
Lake Jindabyne
Corrective Services NSW Museum ©
Corrective Services NSW Museum

3
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Canberra to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in September, with highs in Sydney at 25°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and walk around Anzac Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip site .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, zoos & aquariums, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, bet on your favorite at Go-Kart Racing Track, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, and make a trip to Passage Peak.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for little chillier days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Canberra.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

few
hours
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.
To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Canberra route planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Canberra takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in September: highs in Canberra hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off toCooma.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Cooma

Cooma
For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cooma trip maker site .

Getting from Canberra to Cooma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cooma when traveling from Canberra in September, with lows around 10°C. You will leave for Melbourne on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Cooma

Outdoors Tours Parks
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7
nights
Melbourne

See some other sides of Melbourne: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online tour itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooma to Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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