32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Travel:  4​h
4
Green Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kiama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Blackheath
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Bristol

3
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 Palm Cove Beach. Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Green Arrow Walk. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove 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.
Bring the kids along to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Safaris and Mossman Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Cow Bay Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree Discovery Centre. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Myall Beach, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Green Island.

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

1
night
Green Island

Green Island
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): head off the coast to Upolu Cay and then meet the residents at Marineland Crocodile Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Green Island travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Tribulation to Green Island. In July, daily temperatures in Green Island can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Green Island

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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2
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.
Family-friendly places like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Glass House Mountains National Park will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Green Island to Brisbane. Traveling from Green Island in July, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Glass House Mountains National Park
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Glass House Mountains National Park ©
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

3
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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online road trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
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 Muogamarra Nature Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Manly Beach and Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, and stroll through Dudley Page Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kiama.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

1
night
Kiama

Kiama ©
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means 'where the sea makes a noise'.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Kiama Blowhole, then explore the activities along Kiama Harbour, then admire the sheer force of Minnamurra Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Little Blowhole Reserve “Endeavour Lookout”.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kiama trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Kiama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in August since evenings lows in Kiama dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Kiama

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Minnamurra Falls
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Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Kiama Harbour ©
Kiama Harbour

2
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get great views at Anvil Rock Lookout, explore and take pictures at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Giant Stairway, and then go for a walk through Gordon Falls Lookout.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Blackheath trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kiama to Blackheath takes 3 hours. In August in Blackheath, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Gordon Falls Lookout
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
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 5th (Mon), get curious at Questacon and then look for all kinds of wild species at Canberra Reptile Zoo. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip builder app .

You can drive from Blackheath to Canberra in 4 hours. Traveling from Blackheath in August, expect Canberra to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Questacon ©
Questacon
Canberra Reptile Zoo ©
Canberra Reptile Zoo

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