36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + train:  9​h
7
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
10
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
11
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Long Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach, and finally head off the coast to Macquarie Island.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart travel route builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Hobart is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Hobart is 15 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in January; daily highs in Hobart reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Bellerive Beach, Richmond Bridge
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

4
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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, take a memorable tour with Melbourne Boat Hire, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne journey planner.

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Balloon Rides
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 22nd (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds and then explore and take pictures at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning website .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works, and have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 30th (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.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Perth takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Perth, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Katoomba.

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

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 31st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, make a trip to Day FIne Art, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The National Pass, take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally make a trip to Echo Point Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Perth to Katoomba in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for slightly colder days in Katoomba, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can 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 31 — Feb 1:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

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, wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. 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
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

2
nights
Fraser Island

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

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

6
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Caloundra (Kings Beach & MaisyMoo) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 18:
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

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