32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 4 nights
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay May 6 — 11:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Anvil Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, hike along Grand Canyon track, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in May since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Katoomba to Port Douglas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in May, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay May 19 — 24:
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. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
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, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. May in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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 4th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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