32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary builder
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
5
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
8
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Torquay
— 1 night
Fly
10
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

Port Douglas — 2 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.
Spend the 31st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, Port Douglas is warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online journey planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Airlie Beach — 2 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach route builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Brisbane.
Tours · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trip

Brisbane — 2 nights

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 8th (Sun), stroll around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip site.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Brisbane is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
Parks · Wildlife

Fraser Island — 5 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, head off the coast to Waddy Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Sydney — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online journey planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.
Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trip

Katoomba — 2 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get great views at The Three Sisters, then grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, and then head outdoors with Blue Mountains Biking Adventures. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at The National Pass and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Katoomba holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Side Trip

Melbourne — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 26th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get engrossed in the history at Old Treasury Building.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Torquay.
Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Torquay — 1 night

Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay online itinerary planner.

Drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Torquay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Perth.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Perth — 2 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Perth travel route planner.

You can fly from Torquay to Perth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Torquay in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.