35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  12​h
10
Albany
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Dublin

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach for some beach relaxation. Dedicate the 2nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take a stroll through Melbourne Central, and kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay.

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Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Melbourne. When traveling from Dublin in December, plan for warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Fraser Island with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hervey Bay, about 52 minutes away.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Fri), trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bilgola Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Cairns hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 23rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, explore the ancient world of Ubirr, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

1
night
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anvil Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cosy Corner Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Betty's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cheynes Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Albany by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Albany. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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