36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h
9
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
10
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Manchester

4
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 get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wooroonooran National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Wooroonooran National Park, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cow Bay Beach and Four Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Daintree Discovery Centre. Spend the 25th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be colder, around 4°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at National Portrait Gallery and Australian War Memorial. Old Parliament House and Questacon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, and make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Canberra by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
We've included these beaches for you: Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in August, with highs in Gold Coast at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): hike along Castle Hill and then kick back and relax at The Strand. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Townsville by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in August; daily highs in Townsville reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
nights
Darwin

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Darwin Aviation Museum. Visiting Litchfield National Park and Berry Springs Nature Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience and identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Darwin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Darwin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Townsville in August; daily highs in Darwin reach 37°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park
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Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visit Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Gunlom Waterfall Creek and Maguk Gorge. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water.

Start your trip to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Gantheaume Point. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, kick back and relax at Roebuck Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Broome Town Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at The Courthouse Collection.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Broome sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Broome in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Broome due to the time zone difference. In August in Broome, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Relax by the water at Surfers Point and Smiths Beach. Get outdoors at Jewel Cave and Lake Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dunsborough). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, learn about winemaking at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, and kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Smiths Beach, Cowaramup Bay, Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

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