31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 15​min
8
Eumundi
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: London

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.
Shop till you drop at Village Gallery and Tanks Arts Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, and browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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.
Head to With Sugar and Des Spencer Galleriesfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 8th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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 will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow 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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Royal Arcadefor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The White Room Interiors, buy something for everyone on your list at Emporium Melbourne, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Balloon Rides
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Teddy Sinclair and Gallery One88. Take a break from the city and head to Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. On the 19th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: browse for treasures at Katoomba Antique Centre, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Katoomba to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass, Perry's Lookdown
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park will get you outdoors. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary site .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Eumundi.

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

1
day
Eumundi

Eumundi ©
Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by The Real McCaul, browse the exhibits of Artisans Gallery, and then hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Eumundi road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Eumundi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Eumundi

Shopping Museums
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The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Relax by the water at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Eumundi to Fraser Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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