32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Manchester

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns journey builder site .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 7th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and look for gifts at Whileaway.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

Plan trip to Lord Howe Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney journey maker site .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Bonsai & Penjing Collection ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. You'll explore and learn at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, view the masterpieces at FortyFiveDownstairs, and see the interesting displays at HMAS Castlemaine.

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Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Get in touch with nature at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Kuniya Walk. Next up on the itinerary: get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Maguk Gorge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Anbangbang Billabong. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 14.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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