38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 30​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
6
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Hobart

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Pamper yourself for a day on the 21st (Thu) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner .

Hobart to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or ATTY Gallery. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Gallery of Modern Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay) and Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Relove Oxley, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, view the masterpieces at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Brisbane, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. You'll explore and learn at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe (in Tolga) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some historical perspective at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Get some cultural insight at Yellow Water and Mamukala Wetlands. When in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), make a side trip to see Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, and admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls.

Plan trip to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): view the masterpieces at This is Aboriginal Art. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs online day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Alice Springs in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and then make a trip to Uluru.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fremantle Prison and The Sacred India Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Adam Monk Photography Gallery and Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman), Mandurah (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Emma Blyth Gallery) and Fremantle Markets (in Fremantle). The adventure continues: stroll through Cottesloe Beach and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Perth route planning website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach, The Sacred India Gallery
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

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.
On the 20th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, then get engrossed in the history at State Library of South Australia, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Rundle Mall. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Adelaide Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and then admire the natural beauty at The Cedars.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Adelaide takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Adelaide is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in April, you will find days in Adelaide are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Cedars, Cleland Wildlife Park, Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

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