32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Barcelona

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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 19th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tableland, stroll the grounds of McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery, and admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In July, Cairns is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Cow Bay Beach). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach and admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Spend the 26th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camperdown Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in July: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Ballarat to see Sovereign Hill about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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: make a trip to Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some historical perspective at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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