36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Edinburgh

4
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 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney visit planning tool .

Edinburgh, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Sydney. In September, Sydney is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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 12th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, get interesting insight from Tours, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Balloon Rides
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: make a trip to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get outside with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Golf Club, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Floravilla Ice Cream Factory in Daintree, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

6
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 (Palm Cove Beach, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 25th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, and admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
Highlights from your plan
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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