31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Faulconbridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  11 h 45 min
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online travel planner .

San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Faulconbridge trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Faulconbridge by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Faulconbridge dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The National Pass, Perry's Lookdown
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Canberra tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Faulconbridge to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Faulconbridge in October: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 71°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Thomas Aquinas' Church, and take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, then steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Cedars.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Cedars
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
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), admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and finally examine the collection at The Railway Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Perth online visit planner .

Getting from Adelaide to Perth by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Adelaide to Perth. October in Perth sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Railway Museum
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
Art Gallery of Western Australia ©
Art Gallery of Western Australia

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Let the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art capture your imagination. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, make a trip to Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in October, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Maguk Gorge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Nourlangie Rock and Warradjan Cultural Centre. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

2
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Daintree Entomological museum and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Plan a Port Douglas trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Entomological museum
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Barron Gorge National Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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