31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Katoomba
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get some cultural insight at The National Pass and Gallery One88. Head to Lost Bear Gallery and Katoomba Antique Centrefor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). On the 16th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip builder tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in June since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Bilpin Cider Company, Perry's Lookdown
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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. Head to Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Opal Reef. Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Thornton Beach in Thornton Beach (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Thornton Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Maguk Gorge and Gunlom Waterfall Creek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Ubirr and Yellow Water. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

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 Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. Escape the urban bustle at Kata Tjuta and Uluru Hiking Path. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, make a trip to Uluru, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, look for gifts at Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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