36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mildura
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Coober Pedy
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 30​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 11th (Wed) 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 the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. September in Melbourne sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mildura.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Mildura

Mildura ©
The supplier of 80 percent of Victoria's grapes, Mildura is an integral part of the Australian wine industry.
Mildura is known for breweries & distilleries, fun & games, nightlife, museums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: sample the fine beverages at Fossey's Ginporium and Distillery, explore and take pictures at Orange World, go for a walk through Mildura Riverfront, and walk around Merbein Common.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mildura driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Mildura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mildura: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Mildura

Fun & Games Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Buronga, Cappa Stone Wines
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Inflatable World ©
Inflatable World
Orange World ©
Orange World
Lock 11 ©
Lock 11

1
night
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, then examine the collection at Old Timers Mine, then admire the landmark architecture of Faye's Underground Home, and finally see the interesting displays at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): stop by Seven Stones Designer Jewellers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, then explore and take pictures at Tom's Working Opal Mine, and finally admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Coober Pedy trip planner.

You can fly from Mildura to Coober Pedy in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Coober Pedy when traveling from Mildura in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online visit planner .

Getting from Coober Pedy to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Coober Pedy in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can 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 / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
When in Darwin, make a side trip to see Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip planner .

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

4
nights
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, stop by Magabala Books, and examine the collection at SSJG Heritage Centre.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Broome online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Darwin to Broome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Broome is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Broome

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Prison & Fremantle Markets). Dedicate the 10th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 11th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, and snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Perth trip maker app .

Getting from Broome to Perth by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broome in October, you will find days in Perth are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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