38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  32​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  9​h
11
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Lisbon

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cape Tribulation. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in December, with highs in Cape Tribulation at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Janbal Gallery and Des Spencer Galleries. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby. Venture out of the city with trips to Urangan (Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim & Creations at The Harbour) and Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum (in Scarness).

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, Fraser Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Urangan, Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and then explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Faulconbridge travel route builder app .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Faulconbridge with the Route module. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Faulconbridge, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls Lake, Govetts Leap, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls Lake ©
Wentworth Falls Lake

5
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner.

Drive from Faulconbridge to Sydney in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 22nd (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, and then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canberra road trip site .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Canberra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88 and identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
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.
Appreciate the collections at Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, make a trip to Field of Light, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

Discover how to plan a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and Samurai Gallery Australia. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 31st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some cultural insight at Yellow Water and Warradjan Cultural Centre. Get in touch with nature at Mamukala Wetlands and Maguk Gorge. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

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