32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

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

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Ubirr and Yellow Water. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maguk Gorge and Cahills Crossing. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
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.
Get outdoors at Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

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

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.
On the 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, 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. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Questacon, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Canberra by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 32°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lost Bear Gallery and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Let the collections at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum capture your imagination. On the 13th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: hike along The National Pass, view the masterpieces at Falls Gallery, explore the galleries of Gallery One88, and admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba journey planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Katoomba, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Perry's Lookdown, Falls Gallery, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

5
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Brett Whiteley Studio and ATTY Gallery. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Head to Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 19th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

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Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Thornton Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Relax by the water at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Village Gallery in Palm Cove, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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