31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

5
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Palm Cove Beach. For shopping fun, head to Australian Leather Company or Rusty's Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns is 9 hours. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Daintree National Park, Historic Village Herberton, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Rusty's Market ©
Rusty's Market

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Gallery of Modern Art will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith and Montville Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Surfers Paradise Golf Club (in Clear Island Waters), Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina) and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (in Broadbeach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Montville, Mooloolaba Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Pelican Feeding ©
Pelican Feeding

7
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 Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Goldfish Toyshopfor plenty of shopping. St. Mary's Cathedral and Norah Head Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques (in Hazelbrook), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Caves Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, stroll through Shelly Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Kiama Blowhole.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday maker app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Terrigal, Kiama Blowhole, Werri Beach, Caves Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

5
nights
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.
Questacon and Raglan Art Gallery and Cultural Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Lake Burley Griffin and National Rock Garden will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canberra: Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (in Bungendore) and Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines (in Bredbo). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, and explore the galleries of PhotoAccess.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra online tour builder .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Raglan Art Gallery and Cultural Centre, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Questacon ©
Questacon
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery ©
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©

7
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Rye Ocean Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Gallery of Ballarat and Manyung Gallery Sorrento. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Geelong Gallery (in Geelong), Torquay Front Beach (in Torquay) and Daylesford (Spas & Wellness & Stony Creek Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through 13th Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gunnamatta Beach, examine the collection at Federation Square, and look for gifts at Tyde.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Geelong, McCrae Beach, Tyde, 13th Beach, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 15:
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Federation Square ©
Federation Square
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Stony Creek Gallery ©
Stony Creek Gallery

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