29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Leura
— 3 nights
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Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly to Melbourne, Ferry to Cowes
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Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Brett Whiteley Studio or Juniper Hall. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and ATTY Gallery. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bondi Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary website.

Phoenix, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Phoenix to Sydney. Traveling from Phoenix in January, expect nights in Sydney to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

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Leura

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Get a sense of the local culture at Lost Bear Gallery and Falls Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Gallery One88. Explore Leura's surroundings by going to Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum (in Lithgow) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). There's lots more to do: browse for treasures at Katoomba Antique Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and stop by Teddy Sinclair.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leura online trip maker.

Drive from Sydney to Leura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Leura can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Leura

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Canberra

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian War Memorial and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Head to Scott Leggo Gallery and PhotoAccessfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Village Antiques in Bungendore (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Arts, engage your brain at Questacon, and admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canberra vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Leura to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Leura in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Canberra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Cowes

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
For shopping fun, head to Tyde or Cowes Bazaar and Gallery. National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Cowes to go to Ventnor and see Ventnor Beach, which is approximately 144 hours away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kitty Miller Bay, get outside with The Nobbies, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Woolamai Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cowes trip planner.

Getting from Canberra to Cowes by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Cowes, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

5
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Buxton Contemporary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Blender Studios and Craft Victoria. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 99°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Rusty's Marketfor plenty of shopping. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Historic Village Herberton in Herberton, approximately Herberton away. Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Orchid Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Cairns, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · 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.