31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

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
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  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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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, engage your brain at Grote Reber Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hobart road trip planning site .

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 a bit cooler days in Hobart, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

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

1
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), explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Perth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Perth is somewhat warmer than Hobart - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

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

2
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

You can 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. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to 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
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday builder website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba tour builder tool .

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, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls Country Club
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

1
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 glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra holiday planner .

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Katoomba in January, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Outdoors Adventure
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

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, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Melbourne trip simple and quick.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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