28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Melbourne International Airport, Drive to Cowes
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Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly

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Cowes

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Nobbies Centre and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, Head underground at Forrest Caves, head off the coast to Churchill Island, and identify plant and animal life at Koala Conservation Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cowes online tour itinerary builder.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Cowes is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Cowes due to the time zone difference. In February in Cowes, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne tour planner.

Getting from Cowes to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

3
nights
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: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take some stellar pictures from Elysian Rock Lookout, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Katoomba travel planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Katoomba, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, steep yourself in history at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel tool.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

3
nights
Gold Coast

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Sanctuary Markets. Change things up with a short trip to South Bank Parklands in Brisbane (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

3
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Mooloolaba

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Aqua Park Bli Bli and Maroochydore Beach. There's still lots to do: make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, get to know the resident critters at Queensland Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and stop by Podie Pie.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba online trip builder.

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

2
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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 23rd (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Mooloolaba to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Baths

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.