35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + train + bus:  31​h
8
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  26​h
End: Washington DC


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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Clovelly. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker website .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Sydney. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in Sydney at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, then experience rural life at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, and finally sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

6
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Carrickalinga Beach and Cleland Wildlife Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Horseshoe Bay and Aldinga Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis) and Blowhole Beach (in Delamere). Dedicate the 26th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seacliff Beach, appreciate the history behind Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk, kick back and relax at Glenelg Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In January in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Blowhole Beach, Aldinga Beach, Glenelg Beach, Horseshoe Bay
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Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Adelaide to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Adelaide in January, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Annie's Ladies Boutique (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns day trip tool .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 6th (Thu), kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, train, and bus from Fraser Island to Cape Tribulation takes 31 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas route 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. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. February in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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