34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Drive:  19​h
1
Purnululu National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Daintree
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
10
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
11
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
13
Katoomba
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
14
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + train:  9​h 15​min
15
Warrnambool
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Perth

2
nights
Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Bungle Bungle Range and Purnululu National Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Purnululu National Park road trip planner .

Perth to Purnululu National Park is an approximately 34.5-hour car ride. You will leave for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Purnululu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Purnululu National Park ©
Purnululu National Park

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nourlangie Rock and Yellow Water. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ubirr and Anbangbang Billabong. Change things up with a short trip to Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Getting from Purnululu National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 16 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Daintree.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

1
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Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 7th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Daintree road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Daintree in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, Daintree is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then look for gifts at Annie's Ladies Boutique, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Drive from Daintree to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Annie's at the Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then make a trip to Grassy Hill, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and finally admire all the interesting features of Cooktown War Memorial. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Alkoomie Station, explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Finch Bay.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Cooktown itinerary maker site .

Drive from Cairns to Cooktown in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Port Douglas

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.
On the 12th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cooktown to Port Douglas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, get outside with Jetryder, and don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island day trip website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Bowen Historical Society and Museum. Proserpine Museum and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout in Bowen, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take a tour by water with Airlie Boat Hire.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Bowen, Proserpine Museum
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum

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nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Magnetic Island Museum, identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and finally head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park, then choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, and then do sightseeing your way with Big Mama Sailing.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Magnetic Island online trip builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Magnetic Island, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then explore the galleries of Pinnacles Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society, and finally steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planning tool .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. August in Townsville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at FLOW Visitors Centre and Rockhampton Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Capricorn Caves and Anzac Plaza Emu Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockhampton: Singing Ship (in Emu Park) and Yeppoon (Keppel Kraken, Yeppoon Main Beach, & more). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, and pause for some photo ops at Rod Laver.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton road trip app .

You can fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Rockhampton. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Emu Park
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 27th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and then make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then hike along The National Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rockhampton to Katoomba in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in August, expect Katoomba to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sublime Point Lookout, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): trek along Shadow Lake Circuit Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and car from Katoomba to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk ©
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk

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Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, then identify plant and animal life at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, then get impressive views of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and finally explore the galleries of Blarney Books and Art.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Warrnambool online trip maker .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and train from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Warrnambool in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Blarney Books and Art
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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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