35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 30​min
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Zurich

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.
Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, look for gifts at With Sugar, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games 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

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip maker .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Katoomba, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, The National Pass, Jenolan Caves, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Hargraves Lookout
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in April, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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