29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Noumea, Grand Terre

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Eastern Beach Reserve and Balloon Rides. Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from New Caledonia, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Visiting Morgan Beach and Glenelg Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Carrick Hill and North Terrace for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Maslin Beach (in Maslin Beach), Wirra Wirra Vineyards (in McLaren Vale) and Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Blowhole Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park, and meet the residents at Monarto Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide travel planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blowhole Beach, Maslin Beach, Aldinga Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park, Glenelg Beach
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Glenelg Beach ©
Glenelg Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Raptor Domain. Family-friendly places like Flinders Chase National Park and Stokes Beach will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, relax in the rural setting at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, and admire all the interesting features of Will's Rare Breeds Farm.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 16th (Wed), head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Alice Springs journey builder tool .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap
The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Field of Light, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Cairns

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.
On the 20th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Arrow Walk
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and finally view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

10
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 some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Giant Stairway, Wentworth Falls, & more), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Shelly Beach, The Entrance Pelican Feed, Australian Reptile Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — Feb 2:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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