31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
8
Exmouth
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
Albany
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  9​h
10
Bendigo
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
11
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

2
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning tool .

Atlanta, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Atlanta to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in July, things will get a bit cooler in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Mossman Gorge Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
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Photography Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru Hiking Path. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be colder, around 39°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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 12th (Sun): get great views at Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then stop by Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Road Transport Hall of Fame, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs route planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

2
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 14th (Tue), wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs and then admire the sheer force of Edith Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Katherine travel route planning site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Katherine by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in July, expect Katherine to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. When in Darwin, make a side trip to see Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

You can drive from Katherine to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Katherine in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Darwin, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park

2
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.
On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, stroll the grounds of Japanese Cemetery, and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Broome attractions tool .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Broome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Broome when traveling from Darwin in July, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

1
night
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. On the 21st (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Turquoise Bay and then enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Exmouth trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Broome to Exmouth takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Broome in July, with highs in Exmouth at 75°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Shark Diving
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

1
night
Albany

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and then make a trip to Albany Wind Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Greens Pool, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albany online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Exmouth to Albany in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Exmouth in July, things will get little chillier in Albany: highs are around 61°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bendigo.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool

2
nights
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bendigo Art Gallery and Spas. Step out of Bendigo with an excursion to Lake Daylesford in Daylesford--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sacred Heart Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Rosalind Park, go deep underground at Central Deborah Gold Mine, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Weeroona.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bendigo trip planner .

Getting from Albany to Bendigo by combination of flight and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Bendigo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bendigo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Daylesford
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Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Spas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jenolan Caves and Australian National Maritime Museum. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bendigo to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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