Route & dates
36 days in Australia Itinerary
Cairns— 6 nights
Fly: 8h 30min
Kangaroo Island— 3 nights
Fly: 3h 15min
Melbourne— 6 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Sydney— 7 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Brisbane— 6 nights
Fly: 5h 30min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park— 4 nights
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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 Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Opal Reef, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary app .
Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Cairns is 9 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.
Things to do in Cairns
Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.Visiting Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park will get you outdoors. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, stroll through Stokes Beach, explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch, and step into the grandiose world of George's 40,000 Castle Lights.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner.
You can fly from Cairns to Kangaroo Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Kangaroo Island
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanic Gardens and The Great Ocean Road. Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88 will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.
For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .
Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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The Harbour City
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.Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Pulpit Rock Lookout) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.
To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour planner.
Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Sydney
Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Australia's New World City
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfers Paradise Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Dicky Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, grab your bike and head to Kedron Brook Bikeway, and have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.
To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .
You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Things to do in Brisbane
Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Caloundra
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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.Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. Take a break from the city and head to Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu Waterhole. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, trek along Kuniya Walk, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday website .
Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Brisbane in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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