36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Swan River, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth route maker website .

Sydney to Perth is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Perth. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

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

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

4
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 24th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Take a break from Katoomba with a short trip to Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, trek along The Giant Stairway, and view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
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: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation planning website .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the next day, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

1
day
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Byron Bay itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lord Howe Island to Byron Bay takes 6 hours. In February in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker app .

Getting from Byron Bay to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
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

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, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island tour itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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 12th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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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 15th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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