36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 5 nights
2
Broome
— 3 nights
3
Darwin
— 4 nights
4
Katherine
— 2 nights
5
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
6
Cairns
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Family-friendly places like Adventure World Perth Australia and Mandurah Cruises will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Fremantle (Fremantle Prison & Fremantle Markets). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, explore the activities along Swan River, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

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Sydney to Perth is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Perth when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, Perth Zoo, Adventure World Perth Australia, Mandurah Cruises, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Adventure World Perth Australia ©
Adventure World Perth Australia
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

3
nights
Broome

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cable Beach and Roebuck Bay. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Reddell Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Broome Bird Observatory, and stop by Uniquely Broome.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Broome trip maker website .

Fly from Perth to Broome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perth in December: highs in Broome hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Broome Bird Observatory ©
Broome Bird Observatory

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mindil Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor (about 1h 45 min away). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 5th (Sat) at Darwin Waterfront. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, and browse the exhibits of Tactile Arts.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin holiday builder site .

You can fly from Broome to Darwin in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broome to Darwin. January in Darwin sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park

2
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs, then admire the natural beauty at Jurassic Cycad Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Katherine Gorge. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nitmiluk National Park.

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You can drive from Darwin to Katherine in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs travel planning app .

You can fly from Katherine to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Katherine in January since evenings lows in Alice Springs dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

7
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Four Mile Beach). There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, get some fabulous bargains at DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip website .

Fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Change things up with a short trip to Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island in Hayman Island (about 46 minutes away). On the 19th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, stop by Into The Blue Gallery, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Burrum Heads Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hervey Bay: Fraser Island (Wanggoolba Creek, Central Station Rainforest, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at WetSide Water Park, tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and stop by Le Petit Chocolatier.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay online attractions planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Hervey Bay when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fraser Island, Burrum Heads Beach, Mary Poppins Statue
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

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