33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Katoomba
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Sea World Theme Park, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planning website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne online travel planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Perth online road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

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