33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  20​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Cairo

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Olive Farm Wines (in Millendon), Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, take in the exciting artwork at The Sacred India Gallery, learn about winemaking at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth driving holiday planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Perth is 6 hours. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, Fremantle Prison, Olive Farm Wines
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Canberra online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Canberra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Canberra, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney route planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island road trip planning app .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

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
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.
On the 10th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Fraser Island

Take a break from Fraser Island with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hervey Bay, about 52 minutes away.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and take a memorable tour with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To plan Port Douglas vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 28th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne journey planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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