28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dehradun
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dehradun

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning website .

Dehradun, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Dehradun to Port Douglas. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker .

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

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planning app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Brisbane, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

SunJet Simulations
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion 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, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
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): contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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