28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner

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Cairns
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly
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Canberra
— 1 night
Fly
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Wrights Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 10 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in June: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree Wild Zoo (in Daintree) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Wed), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are little chillier (22°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Adelaide

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Dedicate the 3rd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide journey planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, expect nights in Adelaide to be somewhat warmer, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Melbourne

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne route website.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Melbourne are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums

Canberra

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 6th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then get curious at Questacon.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in July, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums

Sydney

— 3 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, stop by Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 15th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, then pause for some photo ops at The Bell Tower, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, explore the activities along Swan River, and then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth day trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Perth by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Brisbane to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Perth sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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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.