27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mossman
— 3 nights
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Drive to Cairns International Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport, Drive to Ventnor
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Ventnor
— 3 nights
Drive to Melbourne International Airport, Fly to Townsville Airport
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Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout, then get great views at Forest Sky Pier, then pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park, and finally take in the waterfront at Coffs Harbour Jetty. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then make a trip to The Clog Barn.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour attractions planner.

Washington DC, USA to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Coffs Harbour, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Coffs Harbour hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): appreciate the history behind The Road Builders Memorial, hike along The Giant Stairway, then get great views at The Three Sisters, then don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Coffs Harbour to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

3
nights
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, visit The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kangaroo Island is known for wildlife, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, walk around Flinders Chase National Park, and explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island attractions app.

Getting from Sydney to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

3
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Mossman

Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. On the 19th (Tue), experience rural life at Australian Muster Experience, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

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You can drive from Kangaroo Island to Mossman in 36 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Mossman due to the time zone difference. In January in Mossman, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ventnor.

Things to do in Mossman

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

3
nights
Ventnor

On the 22nd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Pyramid Rock, brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then learn about winemaking at Phillip Island Winery, then get outside with The Nobbies, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre. Keep things going the next day: join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, experience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, and then savor the flavors at Pt. Leo Estate.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ventnor trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mossman to Ventnor with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mossman in January: high temperatures in Ventnor hover around 79°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Ventnor

Museums · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Townsville Palmetum, make a trip to Riverway, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, then stroll through Castle Hill, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally get great views at Mount Stuart.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Townsville trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ventnor to Townsville with the Route module. Traveling from Ventnor in January, expect Townsville to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.

Daintree Region travel guide

4.1
Wildlife Areas · Nightlife · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.

Phillip Island travel guide

4.1
Wildlife Areas · Islands · Zoos
A rocky outcrop set against the charming backdrop of the Westernport Bay, Phillip Island boasts sandy beaches and scenic hillsides. Important preservation areas exist on the island, serving as home to a variety of species, such as wallabies, kangaroos, and seals. Surfing is a popular activity, with the area’s waves and breakers being renowned as among the most reliable in the country.