38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
9
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
10
Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Atherton Tablelands and Gallo DairyLand. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Mareeba to see Jaques Coffee Plantation about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree National Park and Daintree Discovery Centre. We've included these beaches for you: Cow Bay Beach and Myall Beach. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation travel route planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
nights
Port Douglas

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 Agincourt Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge and Mowbray National Park. Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Jenolan Caves and Bondi Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Relax by the water at Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Main Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Noosa National Park and Hastings Street. When in Noosa, make a side trip to see Kings Beach in Caloundra, approximately 1 hour away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Noosa journey maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Flinders Chase National Park and Island Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Seal Bay Conservation Park and Little Sahara. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Noosa to Kangaroo Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

3
nights
Darwin

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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Territory Wildlife Park will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Litchfield National Park and East Point Reserve. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and cool off at Wave Lagoon.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Darwin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park
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Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours. Attractions like Cable Beach and Roebuck Bay make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Broome Town Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point.

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You can fly from Darwin to Broome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Broome, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Surfers Point and Cowaramup Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Cave and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Smiths Beach (in Yallingup) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, learn about winemaking at Tassell Park Wines, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and kick back and relax at Margaret River Mouth Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Margaret River online holiday builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Boranup, Jewel Cave, Firetail Wines, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

2
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Visiting Turquoise Bay and Mandu Mandu Gorge will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Shark Diving and Jurabi Point Beach. It doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Exmouth trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Exmouth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
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Turquoise Bay ©
Turquoise Bay
Mandu Mandu Gorge ©
Mandu Mandu Gorge
Shark Diving

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