32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
7
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth tour planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Perth is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Perth is 2 hours. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 31st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and stop by Coffee Works.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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 4th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Katoomba takes 6 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning site .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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