36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Perth
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
10
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mowbray National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Janbal Gallery and Des Spencer Galleries. Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, look for gifts at With Sugar, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Tokyo, Japan to Port Douglas is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Janbal Gallery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Myall Beach and kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation day trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, and finally get great views at The Three Sisters. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, then take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and finally examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Faulconbridge trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Cape Tribulation to Faulconbridge with the Route module. While traveling from Cape Tribulation, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Faulconbridge, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Gallery Blackheath, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
Visit The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Faulconbridge to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Faulconbridge in July since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

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.
On the 29th (Mon), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Scots Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Matthew's Anglican Church, then admire the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Perth trip maker tool .

Fly from Canberra to Perth in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in August; daily highs in Perth reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Perth

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

St Matthew's Anglican Church, The Sacred India Gallery
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The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
The Sacred India Gallery ©
The Sacred India Gallery
St Matthew's Anglican Church ©
St Matthew's Anglican Church

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Maguk Gorge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Yellow Water and Mamukala Billabong. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Arrow Walk, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Cattana Wetlands
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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