31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Bulli Tops
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. When traveling from London in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip builder app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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 13th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stop by Sydney Fish Market, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at Govetts Leap, trek along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bulli Tops.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

1
night
Bulli Tops

Bulli Tops ©
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the engineering at Cataract Dam and then meet the residents at Symbio Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bulli Tops trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Katoomba to Bulli Tops in 2 hours. In May in Bulli Tops, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bulli Tops

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Cataract Dam, Symbio Wildlife Park
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Symbio Wildlife Park ©
Symbio Wildlife Park
Cataract Dam ©
Cataract Dam

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bulli Tops to Melbourne. When traveling from Bulli Tops in May, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

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

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the activities along Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 11°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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