38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
7
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Vancouver

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and look for gifts at Annie's at the Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary maker app .

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Cairns. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Cairns at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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've now added Paddletrek Kayak Adventures to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Visit Thornton Beach and Myall Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's still lots to do: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation road trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Paddletrek Kayak Adventures ©
Paddletrek Kayak Adventures
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Visiting Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Maguk Gorge and Yellow Water will get you outdoors. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, and get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip app .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

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 Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September: highs in Melbourne hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the sheer force of Katoomba Cascades. On your second day here, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company, explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then stroll through The National Pass, and finally look for gifts at OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect nights in Katoomba to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning app .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at South Brisbane Memorial Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
You've now added Whitehaven Beach to your itinerary. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island online visit planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in October, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). You will leave for home on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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