36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  32​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Visiting Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There's lots more to do: get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner .

Manchester, UK to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Federation Square, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and shop like a local with Melbourne Central.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then browse the exhibits of Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra road trip planning tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Bonsai & Penjing Collection ©

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 7th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. On the next day, explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, then browse the exhibits of Falls Gallery, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Leura itinerary website .

Drive from Canberra to Leura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in January, Leura is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, The National Pass, Falls Gallery
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, and stroll through Clovelly.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Champagne Pools will get you outdoors.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lord Howe Island to Airlie Beach in 7 hours. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Tribulation (Myall Beach & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas & Wellness, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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