28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas

— 2 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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey maker tool.

Milan, Italy to Port Douglas is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Port Douglas is 9 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Milan in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Cairns

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll through Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app.

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Opal Museum and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, stroll through Indian Head, and take an exotic tour of Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Sydney

— 4 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, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip website.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fraser Island in January: highs in Sydney hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get great views at The Three Sisters, don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, and savor the flavors at TCP Day Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip maker.

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.