36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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Mooloolaba
— 3 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
— 5 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
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cowes
— 2 nights
Ferry to Stony Point, Fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Mooloolaba — 3 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
We've included these beaches for you: Woorim Beach and Alexandra Headland Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sunshine Castle and Caloundra Lighthouses. Venture out of the city with trips to Island Gondola (in Bribie Island) and McCarthy's Lookout (in Maleny). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Buderim Forest Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, and stroll around Wirreanda Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mooloolaba itinerary builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Mooloolaba is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Mooloolaba is 18 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in January, things will get much warmer in Mooloolaba: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 5 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and Wanggoolba Creek. We've included these beaches for you: Eli Creek and Indian Head.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
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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 18th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Rainesforest Massage & Day Spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, then take a stroll through Wynnum Esplanade, and finally kick back and relax at King Island.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Murray Rose Pool and Long Reef Point. Visiting Blues Point Reserve and Dee Why Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Maroubra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Freshwater Beach, trek along Walking Trail To Chowder Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Balls Head Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 4 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to The Giant Stairway and The National Pass. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sublime Point Lookout and Narrow Neck Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Lithgow (Hassan's Wall & Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum). The adventure continues: hike along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Perry's Lookdown, and don't miss a visit to Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.
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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.
Parliament House of Victoria and St. Francis Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Distillery Tours and Middle Park Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Ferntree Gully (Tim Neville Arboretum & Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Elwood Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at King's Domain Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church, and admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Katoomba to Melbourne by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cowes.
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Cowes — 2 nights

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Pyramid Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach, then learn about winemaking at Purple Hen Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Cowes Bazaar and Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Seal Rock, then look for gifts at Tyde, and finally kick back and relax at Cowes Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes online tour builder.

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kuniya Walk and Walpa Gorge. Take a break from the city and head to Mala Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Take a break from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with a short trip to Curtin Springs in Alice Springs, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cowes to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cowes to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Cowes in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Port Douglas.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): head outdoors with Horses in Port, then stroll through Wonga Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.
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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.
Visiting Crystal Cascades and Yorkeys Knob Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Skydiving. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and try to win big at The Reef Hotel Casino.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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