36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Blackheath
— 5 nights
Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Lord Howe Island
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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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.
Spend the 13th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online vacation planner.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas. When traveling from London in October, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, see Off-Road Tours, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour of Whitsunday Passage and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Sydney.
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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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning site.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for little chillier nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blackheath.
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Blackheath — 5 nights

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blackheath: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, tour on your own time with Blue Mountains Biking Adventures, and admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Blackheath travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Blackheath. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.
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Lord Howe Island — 3 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, wildlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and stroll through Lagoon Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island driving holiday planning website.

Explore your travel options from Blackheath to Lord Howe Island with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Blackheath to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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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 7th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne route builder site.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 0.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 4 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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planning site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are much warmer, around 41°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Perth.
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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.
On the 14th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Fremantle Prison, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Perth attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: high temperatures in Perth hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Tue).
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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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