36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Katoomba
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Perth

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

Before you visit Perth, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Perth. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 19:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Perth - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, and identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns route planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ellis Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and stroll through Eli Creek.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip builder site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and stroll through The Giant Stairway.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Valley, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, kick back and relax at Kingston Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and explore the world behind art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Hobart in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Katoomba in March; daily highs in Hobart reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tasmania, Museum of Old and New Art, Kingston Beach, Grote Reber Museum
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 25th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online holiday maker .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in March, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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