38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  16​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
9
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
12
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Loch Ard Gorge and Gibsons Steps. Get in touch with nature at Port Campbell National Park and Triplet Falls. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles and explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip itinerary planning tool .

Melbourne to Port Campbell is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Triplet Falls, Twelve Apostles, Bay of Martyrs
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong, about 1h 20 min away.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder website .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll set off for Hobart on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

1
night
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.
Roaring 40s Kayaking - Day Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): paddle through the water with Roaring 40s Kayaking - Day Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Roaring 40s Kayaking - Day Tours ©
Roaring 40s Kayaking - Day Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wineglass Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty. When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see Spring Vale Wines in Cranbrook, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Friendly Beaches.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Freycinet, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Spring Vale Wines
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Visiting Alice Springs Desert Park and Mount Gillen will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Walking tours and Ormiston Gorge will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs journey maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Alice Springs in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Visit Bondi Beach and Palm Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning site .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in December: highs in Sydney hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Wentworth Falls
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirra Beach and Pelican Feeding. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Greenmount Beach. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Airlie Beach Lagoon and Whitsunday Great Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grays Bay and Proserpine Museum. Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: stroll through Boathaven Beach and take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip planning app .

Drive from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Grays Bay, Proserpine Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Townsville trip planner.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Copperfield Gorge
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daintree National Park and Myall Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cape Tribulation vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Photography Tours
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Fremantle Prison and St. Mary's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mullaloo Beach. Step out of Perth to go to Mandurah and see Waterskiing & Jetskiing, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through City Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Matilda Bay Reserve, and take a leisurely stroll along Elizabeth Quay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Tribulation to Perth in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Tribulation to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, Perth is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mandurah, City Beach, Mullaloo Beach, Matilda Bay Reserve, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
City Beach ©
City Beach
Mullaloo Beach ©
Mullaloo Beach

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