31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  25​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Darwin
— 1 night
train:  11​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Madrid

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Darwin visit planner.

Madrid, Spain to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Madrid to Darwin, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Darwin at 37°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Popular historic sites such as Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maguk Gorge and Warradjan Cultural Centre. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong and don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) journey app .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
Darwin

Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin and then identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Darwin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Christ Church Cathedral Darwin ©
Christ Church Cathedral Darwin

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.
Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. Visiting Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Darwin in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Artistree Gallery in Yungaburra (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 14th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Artistree Gallery, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Tribulation to Sydney in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and East Melbourne Synagogue. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the landmark architecture of Old Safety Deposit Building, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach, Jewish Holocaust Centre
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and then take in the views from Elizabeth Quay. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Bell Tower, then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth day trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park
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Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

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