31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  22​h
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
7
St Kilda
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte


5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Bulcock Beach. Visit Caloundra Lighthouses and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Daisy Hill Conservation Park (in Daisy Hill), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Natural Bridge (in Springbrook). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Square, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane vacation builder tool .

Charlotte, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Charlotte in August, with highs in Brisbane at 71°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grays Bay and Whitsunday Great Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Boat Hire. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and look for gifts at Above & Below Photography.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Grays Bay
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Boat Hire ©
Airlie Boat Hire
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinity Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Babinda Boulders. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Red Arrow Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip website .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Cairns hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Trinity Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing, Crystal Cascades, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Get outdoors at Mossman Gorge and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta. Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Lungkata Walk. The adventure continues: hike along Kuniya Walk, make a trip to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Oval Estate and Gorge Wildlife Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rockford Winery and North Terrace. Take a break from Adelaide with a short trip to Aldinga Beach in Aldinga Beach, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Glenelg Beach, steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, stroll through Henley Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide online attractions planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Adelaide are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Oval Estate, Henley Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park, Glenelg Beach, Rockford Winery
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

2
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, then kick back and relax at Brighton Beach, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Catani Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our St Kilda attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Adelaide to St Kilda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and tram. In August, daytime highs in St Kilda are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jewish Holocaust Centre, Brighton Beach
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Jewish Holocaust Centre ©
Jewish Holocaust Centre

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from St Kilda to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St Kilda in August: highs in Sydney hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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