36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Medicine Hat
Fly + Drive:  33 h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
4
Perth
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
6
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Medicine Hat

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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and get outside with Horses in Port.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Port Douglas fast, fun, and easy.

Medicine Hat, Canada to Port Douglas is an approximately 33- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Medicine Hat in February, expect Port Douglas to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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 Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday site.

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, make a trip to Field of Light, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Cairns in February, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect Perth to be a bit cooler, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Traveling from Perth in February, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Katoomba road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Bilpin Cider Company, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) 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 Feb 26 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lord Howe Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 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 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & HMAS Brisbane). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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