34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
6
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Ottawa

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Ottawa to Brisbane. Traveling from Ottawa in January, expect Brisbane to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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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

2
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Brisbane, 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by Coffee Works, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas journey tool .

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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Myall Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 31st (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River. On the next day, make a trip to St Patrick's Basilica, contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Perth in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Perth is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Perth when traveling from Port Douglas in January, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
day
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach and then admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Torquay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Perth to Torquay takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. In February, Torquay is slightly colder than Perth - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trip

13th Beach
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online itinerary planner .

Drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
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 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St John the Baptist Church, then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney route planner.

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and stroll through Eli Creek.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in February, you will find days in Fraser Island are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). You will leave for home on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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