32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
11
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  29​h
End: New York City

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney journey maker app .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 15 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

Start your trip to Lord Howe Island by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

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

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. Relax by the water at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, stroll through Half Moon Bay, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire

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.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 99°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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 outdoors at Daintree National Park and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 25th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Ubirr. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and admire the sheer force of Twin Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Perth travel route planner .

Getting from Jabiru to Perth by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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