37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
8
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
11
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Sydney
— 6 nights
End: Sydney

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 22nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip builder tool .

Sydney to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

3
nights
Fraser Island

Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hervey Bay (about 52 minutes away).

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. November in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane route tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Brisbane to Cape Tribulation in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Cape Tribulation are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

3
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.
Spend the 4th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, get a new perspective on things with Port Douglas Boat Hire, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip builder .

Getting from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth online trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne journey planner .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, trek along The Giant Stairway, then take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and finally make a trip to Day FIne Art.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Leura road trip planning website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Leura by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Leura to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning website .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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