31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas about 34 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online holiday planner.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and stroll through Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) due to the time zone difference. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker website.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Melbourne

— 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, get great views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba route planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Katoomba to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Katoomba in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island travel route planning site.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.