35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
1
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, admire the natural beauty at Mayfield Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Katoomba is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Katoomba is 18 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in April; daily highs in Katoomba reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ned's Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne takes 6 hours. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Perth, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

3
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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online day trip planner .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 13th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

6
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 (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 17th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay May 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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