31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maguk Gorge and Nourlangie Rock. Step out of the city life by going to Ubirr and Anbangbang Billabong. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Village Gallery and Underart Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 8th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Take a break from the city and head to Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Opal Reef. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ngarru Gallery and With Sugar. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Daintree to see Photography Tours about 48 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip website .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Visiting Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in August, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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

3
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 Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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