31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

7
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
The Perth Mint and Western Australian Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The Shipwreck Galleries and The Railway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle (WA Shipwrecks Museum & Fremantle History Walking Tour), Secret Harbour Beach (in Secret Harbour) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, head off the coast to Penguin Island, stroll through Binningup Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Perth trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Perth. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Binningup Beach, Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine
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Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Eastern Beach Reserve and McCrae Beach. Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum and Federation Square will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads), Daylesford (Spas & Wellness & Stony Creek Gallery) and Rye Ocean Beach (in Rye). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, enjoy the sea views from The Rip, contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning site .

Getting from Perth to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, McCrae Beach, 13th Beach, Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum, The Rip
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Federation Square ©
Federation Square

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains. Visit Caves Beach and Seven Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama) and Marist Wines (in Mittagong). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and examine the collection at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Nan Tien Temple, Caves Beach
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Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

9
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.
Get outdoors at Daintree National Park and Trinity Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Spy & Camera Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Sugar Industry Museum (in Mourilyan). Spend the 1st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns holiday app .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Port Douglas, Paronella Park, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 6:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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