31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City


3
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.
Shop till you drop at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Montville Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Opals Down Under (in Glenview) and Art on Cairncross (in Maleny). The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brisbane day trip tool .

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Montville, Art on Cairncross, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Opals Down Under
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Brett Whiteley Studio and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, take in the exciting artwork at Craft Victoria, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and hunt for treasures at Degraves Street.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 57°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fremantle Prison and The Sacred India Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Illusionary Art and Japingka Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse in Fremantle (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, look for gifts at Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Perth trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Perth hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Fremantle, The Railway Museum, The Sacred India Gallery, Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts, Illusionary Art
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Swan River ©
Swan River

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Do your shopping at Into The Blue Gallery and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. On the 20th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Airlie Beach in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Airlie Beach is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in June, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): head outdoors with Jetryder, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island online itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Village Gallery in Palm Cove, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in June, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cairns Art Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Underart Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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