38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Exmouth
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Blackheath
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
12
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Singapore

1
day
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Exmouth trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Exmouth is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Singapore in July, plan for little chillier days in Exmouth, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
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Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, get interesting insight from Tours, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip app .

Fly from Exmouth to Melbourne in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exmouth to Melbourne. In July, Melbourne is slightly colder than Exmouth - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Family-friendly places like Coachwood Glen Nature Trail and Pulpit Rock Lookout will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Blackheath to Blue Mountains National Park to see Lincoln's Rock about 40 minutes away. On the 2nd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Grand Canyon track, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, get outside with Evans Lookout, and get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Blackheath trip planner .

Drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for little chillier nights in Blackheath, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Attractions like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek make great kid-friendly stops.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island road trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Fraser Island. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Blackheath in August; daily highs in Fraser Island reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, walk around South Bank Parklands, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 9th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Brisbane in August, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and take some stellar pictures from Earl Hill.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Earl Hill, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Kids will enjoy Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation online itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are cooler (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, explore the striking landscape at Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) attractions app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

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