32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Katherine
— 3 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: Charlotte

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip tool .

Charlotte, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon will thrill your kids. On the 1st (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground will thrill your kids. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre, browse the exhibits of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Daintree, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Photography Tours

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.
Kids will enjoy Kuniya Walk and Red Desert Reptiles. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Cape Tribulation to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 99°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing and then explore the ancient world of Ubirr. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, and then identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, then take in the exciting artwork at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, and then relax in the rural setting at Katherine Outback Experience.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Katherine route tool .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Katherine sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls

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