30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Portland
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Portland

4
days
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where creative spaces, music and hip new restaurants meet pretty riverside gardens and man-made beaches.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

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

Portland, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Brisbane is 18 hours. While traveling from Portland, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

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Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

5
days
Cairns

The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Funstuff by Lynda, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail Bike Adventures, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Cable Ski Cairns, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cable Ski Cairns
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
days
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Ocean Safari, identify plant and animal life at Cooper Creek Wilderness, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Ocean Safari ©
Ocean Safari

2
days
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
On the 16th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cape Tribulation in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 68°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

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Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital is regarded the world’s most livable city.
Melbourne is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June: highs in Melbourne hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

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Museums Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
days
Canberra

Canberra ©
As Australia's capital city (and the home of Parliament House), Canberra plays host to a community of residents who've relocated from larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney to work in politics, government and related industries such as media.
On the 24th (Sat), browse the collection at National Library of Australia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, and finally appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Canberra. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sydney.

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Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

5
days
Sydney

Sydney ©
Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets.
Sydney is known for sightseeing, nightlife, nature, trails, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, Sydney is a bit warmer than Canberra - with highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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