32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Drive:  3 h 45 min
1
Blackheath
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Canberra

3
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blackheath: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades, and take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Blackheath tour itinerary website .

Canberra to Blackheath is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Traveling from Canberra in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Blackheath, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Bilpin Cider Company, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

MaisyMoo, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In March, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Waddy Point ©
Waddy Point

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cairns vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, look for gifts at With Sugar, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip app .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Tranquility Falls, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and tourist information, go to the Melbourne route website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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