37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  45​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
— 4 nights
8
Alice Springs
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Amsterdam

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: choose your vessel at Boab Boat Cairns, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, get great views at Earl Hill, and stop by Australian Leather Company.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns route builder tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Visiting Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Alexandra Bay Waterfall will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, stroll through Cow Bay Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation visit planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas attractions website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. On the 10th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fraser Island using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Camperdown Cemetery are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Talapi ©
Talapi

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Mamukala Wetlands. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cahills Crossing and Twin Falls. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Koolpin Gorge, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, and take in the dramatic scenery at Maguk Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

3
nights
Darwin

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.
Get outdoors at Offshore Boats and Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Get some cultural insight at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Mason Gallery, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin road trip planning website .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Offshore Boats ©
Offshore Boats
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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