32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  23​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
7
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 24th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner .

Salt Lake City, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Airlie Beach, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in December, expect Airlie Beach to be much warmer, temps between 85°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time 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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas tour planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time 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. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Anbangbang Billabong. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, and contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) attractions app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off 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:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 99°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Panorama Garden Estate will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

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 January, with highs in Melbourne at 81°F and lows at 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
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and finally get great views at The Three Sisters. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Katoomba Falls, take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then get great views at Govetts Leap, then do a tasting at Dryridge Estate, and finally get great views at Hassan's Wall.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip builder site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday app .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. 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
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal 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.
On the 16th (Thu), hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 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 ©
Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island tour planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 12.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off tohome.

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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