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
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Coonawarra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
11
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Justice & Police Museum and Museum of Sydney. Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Penrith Regional Gallery (in Emu Plains). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Penrith Regional Gallery, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at South Australian Museum and Migration Museum. Get outdoors at Carrickalinga Beach and Horseshoe Bay. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, stroll through Seacliff Beach, and view the masterpieces at ASSP Gallery Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Adelaide trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In January in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, ASSP Gallery Shop, Carrickalinga Beach
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Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

1
night
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): do a tasting at Penley Estate, learn about winemaking at Bellwether, do a tasting at DiGiorgio Family Wines, then do a tasting at Katnook Estate, and finally steep yourself in history at Petticoat Lane.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Coonawarra online trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Adelaide to Coonawarra with the Route module. Traveling from Adelaide in January, things will get a bit cooler in Coonawarra: highs are around 30°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petticoat Lane
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Penley Estate ©
Penley Estate
DiGiorgio Family Wines ©
DiGiorgio Family Wines
Katnook Coonawarra ©
Katnook Coonawarra

1
day
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach and then explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip maker website .

Drive from Coonawarra to Torquay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daytime highs in Torquay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trip

13th Beach
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and The Johnston Collection are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route maker .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 14th (Tue), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Let the collections at Village Gallery and Bones and Jones capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nudey Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To plan Port Douglas vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, car, and ferry from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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