36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online travel planner .

Chennai, India to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, trek along Kuniya Walk, and get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Hillbilly Cider (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, explore and take pictures at The National Pass, take in the exciting artwork at Squirrel Shop, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba journey builder tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Katoomba, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blackheath, Hillbilly Cider, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Hargraves Lookout
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, stroll through Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning website .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Sea World Theme Park about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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 Eli Creek, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, look for gifts at With Sugar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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.
Spend the 19th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Freshwater Station, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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