37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
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 Clovelly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum, and see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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 11th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally admire the sheer force of Katoomba Cascades. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Katoomba, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Katoomba

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Perry's Lookdown, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Lord Howe Island takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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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
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Appreciate the collections at Village Gallery and Samurai Gallery Australia. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Visiting Daintree Discovery Centre and Myall Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Thornton Beach.

Plan my Cape Tribulation trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Let the collections at Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Gallery capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Opal Reef. Spend the 26th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Maguk Gorge and Warradjan Cultural Centre. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) holiday app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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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 Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanic Gardens and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (16°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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