36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

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
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Horses in Port, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

Medicine Hat, Canada to Port Douglas is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Medicine Hat to Port Douglas is 17 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Medicine Hat in February: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
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 with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in February, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off 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:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, get great views at The Three Sisters, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Katoomba visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Katoomba, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, The National Pass, Bilpin Cider Company, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ned's Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & HMAS Brisbane). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In March in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. You will leave 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:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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