31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 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 Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Leura
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Leura
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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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 with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Melbourne. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Port Douglas

— 3 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 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Cairns

— 4 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.
Spend the 14th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday maker site.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 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. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at Opal Museum and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Leura

— 3 nights
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Leura is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get great views at Spooners Lookout, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Leura travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Brisbane to Leura in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in January, plan for little chillier nights in Leura, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

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.
Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stop by The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip app.

Traveling by car from Leura to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

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.