37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  34​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Fraser Island is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. In December, Fraser Island is much hotter than Newcastle upon Tyne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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 31st (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then trek along The National Pass. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Perry's Lookdown, The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Elwood Beach. Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Old Safety Deposit Building, get your game on at Zero Latency, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elwood Beach
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Balloon Rides
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Visiting Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 17th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get outside with Horses in Port, and stop by With Sugar.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online holiday planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Port Douglas, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Myall Beach and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Beaches
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip tool .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Ubirr and Mamukala Wetlands. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and admire the sheer force of Twin Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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