35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Drive + Fly:  30​h
1
Kununurra
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

3
nights
Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Mitchell River National Park. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Mirima National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Ord River, take in the views from Ivanhoe Crossing, take in the exciting artwork at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, and browse the exhibits of Birdland Functional Art.

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London, UK to Kununurra is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from London to Kununurra, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Kununurra at 43°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Kununurra

Parks Nature Museums
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Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve ©
Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts ©
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery ©
Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery

5
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, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns route planner.

Getting from Kununurra to Cairns by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kununurra to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kununurra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
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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

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lennox Head Boardwalk (in Lennox Head) and Ballina (Lighthouse Beach, Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail, & more). On the 29th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and view the masterpieces at Thomgallery.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Byron Bay online vacation planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ballina, Lennox Head
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in December, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). Dedicate the 10th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Yokine Reserve, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: 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 January, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Perth Zoo, Yokine Reserve, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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