36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
7
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
8
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

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 22nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Stockholm in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for much hotter days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Mowbray National Park, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Alice Springs in November, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Shaolin Junk Cruises
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island travel route website .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hillbilly Cider (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and look for gifts at The Nook.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba tour planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Fraser Island to Katoomba in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fraser Island in December since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Hillbilly Cider, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:
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

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