33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Ottawa

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Nan Tien Temple. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wollongong Head Lighthouse (in Wollongong) and Cronulla Beach Walk (in Cronulla). Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, get to know the fascinating history of Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Sydney is 15 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Wollongong, Cronulla Beach Walk
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cronulla Beach Walk ©
Cronulla Beach Walk
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at OMNIA a little bit of everywhere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Prince Henry Cliff Walk, admire the sheer force of Katoomba Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Cascades, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally trek along The Giant Stairway.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Katoomba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Prince Henry Cliff Walk ©
Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Katoomba Cascades ©
Katoomba Cascades

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Skydiving. Spend the 7th (Thu) on the rails with a train tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Shark Diving
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs day trip planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in November: highs in Alice Springs hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of the Winds and Uluru Hiking Path. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like William Ricketts Sanctuary and Shrine of Remembrance. Get some cultural insight at St Paul's Cathedral and ArtVo. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Tylden Cemetery (in Tylden), Hanging Rock Reserve (in Woodend) and Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (in Lilydale). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, admire the natural beauty at National Rhododendron Gardens, and make a trip to Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tylden Cemetery, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, Hanging Rock Reserve, William Ricketts Sanctuary
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Hanging Rock Reserve ©
Hanging Rock Reserve
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aviation Heritage Museum and City Beach. Popular historic sites such as St. Mary's Cathedral and The Perth Mint are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Bells Rapids Park (in Brigadoon) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at Lotterywest Federation Walkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Perth hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bells Rapids Park, Matilda Bay Reserve, Lesmurdie Falls, Aviation Heritage Museum, St Johns Lutheran Church
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 26:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
On the 27th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney planner .

You can fly from Perth to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Sydney is 2 hours. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manly, Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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