38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
3
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

2
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.
Family-friendly places like Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Kirra Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Gold Coast. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in July: highs in Gold Coast hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Valley of the Winds and Kuniya Walk. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

4
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jewel Cave. Visit Meelup Beach and Cowaramup Bay for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup), Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Lake Cave, do a tasting at Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Margaret River trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Busselton, Wise Wine, Cape to Cape Track
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

4
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Reddell Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome, and identify plant and animal life at Broome Bird Observatory.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Broome trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Broome, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and Wave Lagoon. Visiting Territory Wildlife Park and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 23rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 22nd (Mon) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, cool off at Big Buoy Water Park, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin sightseeing planner.

Getting from Broome to Darwin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Broome to Darwin is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Darwin when traveling from Broome in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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 enjoy Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, trot along with a tour on horseback, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Safaris

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Billabong Sanctuary and The Strand. Escape the urban bustle at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park. Step out of Townsville with an excursion to Alligator Falls Track in Alligator Creek--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest and go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Townsville trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Townsville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Queensland, Alligator Falls Track
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand

4
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseshoe Bay will thrill your kids. Visiting Whitehaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon will get you outdoors. Spend the 5th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conway National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner.

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves (about 2 hours away). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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