38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly + Drive:  33​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
— 3 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: Geneva

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby will get you outdoors.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island online visit planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Geneva to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Geneva in January, expect Fraser Island to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can 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 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Visiting Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Manly Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
The National Pass and Megalong Creek Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 32 minutes away. On the 27th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Katoomba sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Megalong Valley, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Perry's Lookdown, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.. There's still lots to do: choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, take in the spiritual surroundings of East Melbourne Synagogue, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing planning tool .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Balloon Rides
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu Waterhole are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Find out how to plan Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas route 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 February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Tribulation Beach. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get in touch with nature at Yellow Water and Mamukala Wetlands. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cahills Crossing and Koolpin Gorge. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

Find out how to plan Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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