31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights

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Sydney

Sydney ©

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Katoomba

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Fortress Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Giant Stairway, and get outside with Evans Lookout.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba route planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in December, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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Melbourne

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.
Dedicate the 13th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and walk around Fitzroy Gardens.

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

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Katoomba in December, with highs in Melbourne at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 97°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
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 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, take an unforgettable tour with GBR Helicopters -Tours, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 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. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are slightly colder (88°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
GBR Helicopters -Tours ©
GBR Helicopters -Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Cairns

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 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Caloundra (MaisyMoo, Escape Room Oz, &more), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Golden Beach Hire (in Golden Beach). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Mount Tinbeerwah.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Noosa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Beach Hire ©
Golden Beach Hire
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Essential Bodywork ©
Essential Bodywork

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

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 30th (Wed), stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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