36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Copenhagen

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.
Spend the 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 10th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, then admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation travel route app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

4
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 (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and get outside with Horses in Port.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island journey app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in July: high temperatures in Fraser Island hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey maker app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, Katoomba is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 1st (Thu) 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, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, stroll through Kuniya Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online travel route planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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