33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh


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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

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Edinburgh, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Sydney. Traveling from Edinburgh in December, things will get much warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Dreamworld (in Coomera). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and stroll through Dicky Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 25th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (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
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

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
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 Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle), Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm (in Henley Brook). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and stroll through Cottesloe Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Perth, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Perth to be slightly colder, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malaga, Fremantle, Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

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