29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cork
bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  30​h
End: Cork

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth vacation planning app .

Cork, Ireland to Perth is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Cork in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 31st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 32 minutes away). On the 9th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Katoomba trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Katoomba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

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 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Katoomba in February, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Spend the 14th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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