31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Hobart
— Few hours
Fly:  7 h 15 min
2
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 15 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Melbourne
— 5 nights
End: Melbourne

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 1st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, engage your brain at Grote Reber Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip tool.

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for little chillier days in Hobart, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Grote Reber Museum
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Grote Reber Museum ©
Grote Reber Museum

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night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Perth trip planning app.

You can fly from Hobart to Perth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hobart to Perth. Traveling from Hobart in January, things will get a bit warmer in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
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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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, trek along Kuniya Walk, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1.5 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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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.
Spend the 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns route app.

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island holiday builder.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in January since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get great views at The Three Sisters, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, and admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip builder app.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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night
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 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Spas Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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