32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 30​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Perth

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Perth. In July in Perth, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing app .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Traveling from Perth in July, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography Tours

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Munro Martin Parklands, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Earl Hill, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, make a trip to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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