33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Old Treasury Building.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In August, daytime highs in Melbourne are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and The National Pass are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take an in-depth tour of Justice & Police Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Sydney online travel route planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Visiting Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island holiday maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

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.
You'll explore and learn at Historic Village Herberton and Village Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and stroll around Anzac Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Thornton Beach and Dubuji Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Ngarru Gallery and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mowbray National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Koolpin Gorge.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Uluru Hiking Path. There's much more to do: hike along Kuniya Walk, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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