36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hobart online holiday maker .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Hobart is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Hobart due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
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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 19th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

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Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in February: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
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 20th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Perth vacation planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. In February, Perth is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in February: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

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
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ellis Beach, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire all the interesting features of Captain Cook Highway.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online journey planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Ellis Beach
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island vacation planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in March, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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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, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, and examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 9.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

3
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: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from Hargraves Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Giant Stairway, and don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip app .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. March in Katoomba sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Megalong Valley, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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