37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  22​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

10
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Visiting Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Chennai, India to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will leave for Melbourne on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the striking features of Old Safety Deposit Building.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Thu), engage your brain at Questacon, then learn about winemaking at Gundog Cork Street Cellar, and then take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Canberra route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gundog Cork Street Cellar
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

6
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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Camp Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Ned's Beach and Mt Gower. Bring the kids along to Lagoon Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island journey site .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Get some cultural insight at Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Gallery. Head to With Sugar and Sunday Market Port Douglasfor some retail therapy. Spend the 4th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 1st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas vacation planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Artfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Artistree Gallery (in Yungaburra). Spend the 5th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (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 in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and explore the galleries of Underart Gallery.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Artistree Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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