34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
6
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Gold Coast
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
10
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Bondi
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
13
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
15
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
16
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
17
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
18
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  27​h
End: Manchester

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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.
Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online route planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

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Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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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 the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 7th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach day trip tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
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 11th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Townsville itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, then view the masterpieces at Outback Pics, and finally look for gifts at Spinifex Collections.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Longreach vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Townsville to Longreach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Townsville in December: highs in Longreach hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Outback Pics ©
Outback Pics

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the galleries of The Henderson Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Brisbane Arcade.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane vacation planner.

You can fly from Longreach to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in December, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane Arcade ©
Brisbane Arcade

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nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 14th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, then view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, then get outside with Watersports Guru, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Byron Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Byron Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Watersports Guru, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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hours
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by The Real McCaul, take a stroll through Hastings Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, explore the galleries of Seaview Art Gallery, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kawana Shoppingworld, then browse the exhibits of Art on Cairncross, and finally view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Caloundra trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Caloundra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Caloundra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Caloundra

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa, Mooloolaba Beach, Art on Cairncross, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Kawana Shoppingworld
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul

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night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan trip to Hervey Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Le Petit Chocolatier ©
Le Petit Chocolatier

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day
Bondi

Bondi ©
On the 19th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bronte Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bondi journey builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hervey Bay to Bondi. Traveling from Hervey Bay in December, you will find days in Bondi are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bondi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Vaucluse House
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Museum of Sydney are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney journey planner.

Sydney is very close to Bondi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), browse the exhibits of PhotoAccess, view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then explore the galleries of Beaver Galleries, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Gallery. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Drill Hall Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House.

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

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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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.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Blender Studios. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at Craft Victoria, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, and take in the exciting artwork at FortyFiveDownstairs.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning site .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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 29th (Sun), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, make a trip to Field of Light, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and finally appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Jila Arts, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Yubu Napa Art Gallery ©
Yubu Napa Art Gallery

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Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 1st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, then stroll through Mindil Beach, then examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in January: highs in Darwin hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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