24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h
5
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Visiting Walkatjara Art and Kuniya Walk will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel route planner .

Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Ubirr and Maguk Gorge. Get a sense of the local culture at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Yellow Water. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Des Spencer Galleries and Whileaway. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Opal Reef. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 26th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 1st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then explore the galleries of Falls Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery One88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock Lookout, walk around Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura takes 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Leura can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Falls Gallery, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation site .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Leura in June, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and The Junk Company. Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, browse the exhibits of Buxton Contemporary, take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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