28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Plan trip to Port Douglas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

New Delhi, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Port Douglas. While traveling from New Delhi, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.
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Cairns — 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
On the 9th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Uluru, head outdoors with Uluru Astro Tour, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Brisbane.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Brisbane — 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): walk around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 5 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Champagne Pools, kick back and relax at Indian Head, step aboard Maheno Ship Wreck, and head off the coast to Waddy Point.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel route builder website.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for sightseeing, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba route planning app.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 31st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Katoomba in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Australia travel guide

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Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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