28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Cairns International Airport, Drive to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Canberra
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Perth
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Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner.

Dehradun, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dehradun to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online vacation planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, go for a walk through Field of Light, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route website.

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Canberra

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the striking features of Parliament of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Canberra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

Perth

— 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, then get your game on at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Perth day trip tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.