36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
9
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + train:  9​h
10
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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 25th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings 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: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island online day trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lord Howe Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
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.
On the 27th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

Plan trip to Brisbane with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Fraser Island

When in Fraser Island, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hervey Bay, approximately 52 minutes away.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island online journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 4th (Fri) 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, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

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You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Melbourne in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Fraser Island - with highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 99°F and lows reach 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

4
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 (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning website .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

1
day
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 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Perth tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 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 Perth. In January, daytime highs in Perth are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally get great views at Govetts Leap. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Perth to Katoomba in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in January, expect nights in Katoomba to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

6
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online itinerary planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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