35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Bus
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Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rockhampton
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 1 night
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 1 night
Fly
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Port Campbell
— 1 night
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Drive to Cape Jervis Ferry Pier, Ferry to Penneshaw Ferry Pier, Drive to Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Adelaide, Foot to Adelaide
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Adelaide
— 3 nights
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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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, learn and have fun at Janbal Gallery, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas visit planning site.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Port Douglas is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Port Douglas is minus 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island online driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Rockhampton on the 10th (Tue).
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Rockhampton — 2 nights

With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 10th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Capricorn Caves, and then learn insider's secrets on Saleyards Distillery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rockhampton trip planner.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Rockhampton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 2 nights

On the 13th (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Rockhampton to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 2 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): trek along Coastal walk and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie day trip planning site.

Fly from Brisbane to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Brisbane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.
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Blue Mountains National Park — 2 nights

On the 19th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Corridor of Oaks. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The National Pass and then take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Blue Mountains National Park trip itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Macquarie to Blue Mountains National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in January: highs in Blue Mountains National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Sydney.
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Sydney — 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: have unforgettable encounters with Dive Centre Manly, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lord Howe Island.
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Lord Howe Island — 2 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island travel planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 1 night

On the 25th (Wed), wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 2 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online travel route planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Campbell.
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Port Campbell — 1 night

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Loch Ard Gorge and then get great views at Twelve Apostles.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.
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Kangaroo Island — 2 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 30th (Mon), sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach and then head outdoors with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island online trip maker.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.
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Adelaide — 3 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Carrickalinga Beach and Aldinga Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Oval. Step out of Adelaide to go to McLaren Vale and see Wirra Wirra Vineyards, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Glenelg Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In February in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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Whitsunday Islands travel guide

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Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.
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