31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Darwin
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Adelaide
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Dubai

1
day
Darwin

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.
On the 6th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach.

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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Darwin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Darwin is 5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Darwin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Darwin Wharf Precinct ©
Darwin Wharf Precinct

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation).

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
day
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 11th (Fri), trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Murwillumbah and see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Canberra visit planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Canberra takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

5
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Opal Mindedfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, stroll through Bellerive Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally snap pictures at Richmond Bridge. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery, then stroll through Opossum Bay Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally head off the coast to Macquarie Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Hobart by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Hobart at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island, Opossum Bay Beach, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bellerive Beach ©
Bellerive Beach

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.
Visiting Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St, browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street, and kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Head to Thorn-Clarke Wines and Adelaide Central Marketfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Murray Street Vineyards and Kalleske Wines. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Tanunda (Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst & Chateau Dorrien), Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars (in Greenock) and Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Kies Family Wines and contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Shopping, #Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greenock, Angaston, Tanunda, Kies Family Wines, Maggie Beer's Farm Shop
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
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Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 1st (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip planner.

Getting from Adelaide to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Adelaide in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Fraser Island. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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