32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Edinburgh

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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday website .

Edinburgh, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Brisbane, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in January, with highs in Brisbane at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Caloundra, Captain Cook Highway
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast visit planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, stroll through Manly Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 22nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
On the 25th (Fri), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get a taste of the local shopping with Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
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 the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Do some cultural sightseeing at Daintree Discovery Centre and St Monica's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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