31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

3
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 little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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Vancouver, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

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.
Dedicate the 10th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
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: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and stroll through Kuniya Walk.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online travel planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas holiday planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then explore the activities along Swan River, and then take in the architecture and design of The University of Western Australia.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Perth trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Perth takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect nights in Perth to be colder, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
day
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.
On the 24th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Canberra online route planner .

Fly from Perth to Canberra in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Canberra. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in May; daily highs in Canberra reach 19°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

7
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.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planning site .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
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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