37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  9​h
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
10
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 15​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, look for gifts at The Nook, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, then appreciate the history behind The Road Builders Memorial, then make a trip to Day FIne Art, and finally make a trip to Gallery Blackheath. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then get great views at Elysian Rock Lookout, and finally don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba online route planner .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In November, daytime highs in Katoomba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

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You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in November, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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 11th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, stroll through Myall Beach, admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth. In December, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip builder .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation builder tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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