39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: London

5
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spas in Palm Cove, approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cow Bay and see Walu Wugirriga Lookout, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach online route maker .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach, stroll through Store Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island online visit planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanic Gardens and St. Kilda Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Melbourne Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 6 hours. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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 Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
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 Anbangbang Billabong. Maguk Gorge and Nourlangie Rock are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, and take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

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