38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lyon
tram + Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mittagong
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
10
Torquay
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 45​min
11
Coral Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Lyon

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.
Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Lyon, France to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Lyon in December, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then trek along The National Pass, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard, then take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mittagong.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Logan Brae Orchard, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Mittagong

Mittagong
Mittagong is a town located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): learn about winemaking at The Grape Escape.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mittagong trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Mittagong in 2 hours. In January in Mittagong, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Mittagong

Wineries
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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 7th (Mon), explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour planner .

You can drive from Mittagong to Canberra in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Mittagong in January, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Kings Beach. Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Surfer's Paradise Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Marina Mirage (in Main Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Brisbane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandridge Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Adelaide Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Seppeltsfield, do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, and then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get slightly colder in Adelaide: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Seppeltsfield, Murray Street Vineyards, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Mona, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): stroll through Seven Mile Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellerive Beach, then steep yourself in history at Cascade Brewery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart online trip maker .

You can fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Hobart reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
You've now added The Great Ocean Road to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Split Point Lighthouse and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Fort Queenscliff Museum, and then stroll through Eastern Beach Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hobart to Torquay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. When traveling from Hobart in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Torquay, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

Geelong, Fort Queenscliff Museum, Split Point Lighthouse, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Coral Bay

Coral Bay ©
Coral Bay is a small town on the coast of Western Australia, north of Perth. You've now added Ningaloo Reef Dive to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Ningaloo Marine Park and then see some colorful creatures with Ningaloo Reef Dive. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Coral Bay trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Torquay to Coral Bay in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Torquay to Coral Bay is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coral Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ningaloo Reef Dive ©
Ningaloo Reef Dive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ningaloo Marine Park ©
Ningaloo Marine Park

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