32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Salt Lake City
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  23 h
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
10
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Salt Lake City

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Salt Lake City, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Airlie Beach due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in December: high temperatures in Airlie Beach hover around 85°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns route builder.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Ubirr and Maguk Gorge. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sun), hike along Kuniya Walk, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, thenexplore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planning site.

Fly from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 99°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Boneo and see Panorama Garden Estate, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Panorama Garden Estate
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, thenadmire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Falls, get great views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, thenget great views at Govetts Leap, thendo a tasting at Dryridge Estate, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hassan's Wall.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 64°F in Katoomba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Govetts Leap, Wentworth Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Hassan's Wall
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach.

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

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip site.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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