37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 45​min
9
Daylesford
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Oslo

3
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.
Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Australian Leather Company, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online travel planner .

Oslo, Norway to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Step out of Port Douglas to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
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.
Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 27th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, and choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary website .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island road trip app .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney online route planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, then take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, and then explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Daylesford.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

2
nights
Daylesford

Daylesford ©
Known for its natural spring mineral spas, Daylesford is a rejuvenating spot to take the waters and sample local wine.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daylesford: Creswick (St Augustine's Church & St George's Lake) and Ballarat (Sovereign Hill, Backspace Gallery, & more). There's still lots to do: cruise along The Barry Way, don't miss a visit to Kennet River, get your game on at DayKids Playhouse Cafe, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Daylesford trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus from Kangaroo Island to Daylesford in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Daylesford

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Victoria, Creswick
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planner.

Do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Daylesford to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Daylesford in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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