34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Fremantle
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Lady Elliot Island
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On your second day here, stop by Talijancich Wines, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then stroll through Scarborough Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Perth to be much warmer, temps between 35°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Fremantle.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Talijancich Wines, Caversham Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach, Quinns Rocks Beach
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Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Quinns Rocks Beach ©
Quinns Rocks Beach

3
nights
Fremantle

Fremantle ©
Settled by colonists and convicts in 1829, Fremantle has transformed its infamous historical buildings into cultural centers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mandurah Cruises and Warnbro Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Cottesloe Beach and Lane Pool Reserve. Take a break from Fremantle with a short trip to Penguin Island in Rockingham, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Fremantle Round House.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fremantle trip itinerary planning app .

Fremantle is very close to Perth. In December, daily temperatures in Fremantle can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fremantle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Lane Pool Reserve, Penguin Island, Warnbro Beach, Mandurah Cruises, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney online route maker .

Getting from Fremantle to Sydney by combination of train and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Fremantle to Sydney. While traveling from Fremantle, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Do your shopping at Mind, Body and Soul and Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Burrum Heads Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery & Mon Repos) and Brierley Wines (in Childers). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Esplanade and look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hervey Bay road trip tool .

Fly from Sydney to Hervey Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Brierley Wines, Burrum Heads Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
For shopping fun, head to The Original Eumundi Markets or The Real McCaul. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Lows Lookout in Coolum Beach (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, and wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa online travel planner .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Lows Lookout, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and City Botanic Gardens. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

Plan my day in Brisbane using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre ©
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

1
day
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island ©
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lady Elliot Island travel route builder site .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Lady Elliot Island with the Route module. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

#Historic Sites
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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse ©
Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Ngarru Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mossman Gorge and Agincourt Reef. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 12th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Whileaway, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Lady Elliot Island to Port Douglas with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

3
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.
Head to Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and Our Animals Our Earthfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 20th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and finally look for gifts at Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, then look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
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