31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Spokane
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Townsville
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Spokane

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Mountains and HARS Aviation Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Artemis Wines (in Mittagong) and Wollongong Art Gallery (in Wollongong). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder .

Spokane, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Spokane to Sydney is 18 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Spokane in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 77°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Albion Park Rail, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Kiama Blowhole, Wollongong Art Gallery, Artemis Wines
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island road trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Visit Horseshoe Bay and Airlie Beach Lagoon for some beach relaxation. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Grays Bay in Bowen--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Let the collections at Museum of Tropical Queensland and Army Museum North Queensland capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Drill Hall Studio and Townsville Museum and Historical Society. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, go for a walk through Castle Hill, stroll through The Strand, and view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Townsville attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Magnetic Island Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Magnetic Island National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online travel planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In November, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, then contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Finch Bay, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial.

Plan trip to Cooktown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Magnetic Island to Cooktown with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown War Memorial ©
Cooktown War Memorial

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Des Spencer Galleries and Village Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore and learn at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre and Araluen Cultural Precinct. Explore hidden gems such as Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Road Transport Hall of Fame. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, examine the collection at Adelaide House Museum, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip builder site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Town & Country Gallery. Let the collections at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Darnum Musical Village capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum (in Nar Nar Goon), RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum (in Puckapunyal) and Daylesford (Spas & Wellness & Stony Creek Gallery). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Geelong Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Kalang Park, and have fun at Prahran Aquatic Centre.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Melbourne is slightly colder than Alice Springs - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Geelong, Darnum Musical Village, Prahran Aquatic Centre, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Kalang Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:
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Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

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