38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

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

4
nights
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 the city and head to Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne attractions site .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Melbourne at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kuniya Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Yellow Water and Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Thornton Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

4
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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fraser Island using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Ned's Beach and Mt Gower. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island visit planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 12.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
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 in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Blue Mountains). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route site .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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