31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Trondheim
Fly:  36​h
1
Esperance
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Trondheim

1
night
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Pink Lake has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay, then examine the collection at Esperance Museum, and then explore the activities along Pink Lake. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Thistle Cove and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lucky Bay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Esperance day trip planning site .

Trondheim, Norway to Esperance is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Trondheim in December, things will get much hotter in Esperance: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Esperance

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally don't miss a visit to Field of Light. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Esperance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Esperance - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Ngarru Gallery and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor some retail therapy. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Historic Village Herberton in Herberton, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 26th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
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.
On the 28th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach vacation builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Bring the kids along to Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island travel app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island takes 20.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
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 Manly Beach and Clovelly. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, North Head Sanctuary
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): engage your brain at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Scott Leggo Gallery ©
Scott Leggo Gallery

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit St. Kilda Beach and Catani Gardens for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central, look for gifts at The Australian Natural Soap, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

St Kilda, The Great Ocean Road, Koala Conservation Centre
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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