39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
9
Katoomba
— 3 nights
+4
train + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
10
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
11
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.
Dedicate the 27th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Melbourne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell journey planning site .

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You will leave for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, and explore the ancient world of Ubirr.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) journey planning tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 5:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): cool off at Wave Lagoon, then take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Darwin driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Darwin sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 7th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Darwin in November: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Spend the 12th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

Planning Brisbane trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in November: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Bilpin to see Bilpin Cider Company about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Brisbane to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Brisbane in November, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, The National Pass, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island travel route planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and car from Katoomba to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Katoomba in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fraser Island, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Sydney by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fraser Island in November: highs in Sydney hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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