31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
10
Margaret River
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  33​h
End: New York City

2
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Visiting Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Wooroonooran National Park in Topaz--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday maker tool .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Wooroonooran National Park
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by With Sugar, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get outside with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 13th (Sat), engage your brain at Questacon and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get little chillier in Canberra: highs are around 53°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Shop till you drop at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Heads Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in July, things will get a bit warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Jabiru with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and Mason Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Defence of Darwin Experience. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Darwin day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Jabiru to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Darwin are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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 Broome Historical Museum and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cable Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, kick back and relax at Roebuck Bay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome.

Before you visit Broome, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Darwin to Broome in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Darwin in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Broome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

2
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.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Cave and Jahroc Galleries. Step out of Margaret River with an excursion to Jewel Cave in Augusta--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, do a tasting at Brown Hill Estate, look for gifts at Mukau Giftware & Gallery, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup, Brown Hill Estate, Cowaramup Bay
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

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