39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maguk Gorge and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. Visit Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock for their historical value. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online tour planner .

London, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time 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
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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.
Visiting Walkatjara Art and Walpa Gorge will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru Hiking Path and Kata Tjuta. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, stroll through Kuniya Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online itinerary builder .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Manly Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at Brett Whiteley Studio, and admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Opal Reef. For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market Port Douglas or With Sugar. Change things up with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Cow Bay Beach in Cow Bay, approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

5
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 Palm Cove Beach. Shop till you drop at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Cattana Wetlands
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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