43 days in Australia & Victoria Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 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 Mooloolaba
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Hobart
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Hobart
— 1 night
Fly
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Rye
— 7 nights
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Melbourne
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 2 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru, go for a walk through Mala Walk, get a dose of the wild on Uluru Astro Tour, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route builder app.

Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Port Douglas.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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 24th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Cairns — 5 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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spas in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

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, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island travel route website.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mooloolaba.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Mooloolaba — 3 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Mooloolaba is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alexandra Headland Beach, cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba online holiday planner.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. January in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

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 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary app.

Drive from Mooloolaba to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Sydney — 5 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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney journey planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Katoomba — 4 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: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Grand Canyon track, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Hobart — 1 night

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 19th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally stroll through St. David's Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart online itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Katoomba in January, with highs in Hobart at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Rye.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:

Rye — 7 nights

Oz Parasail has been added to your itinerary. Explore Rye's surroundings by going to Summerlands (Swan Lake Trail & Flynns Beach), YCW Beach (in Smiths Beach) and Ventnor (Pyramid Rock & Kitty Miller Bay). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rye travel planner.

Getting from Hobart to Rye by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. When traveling from Hobart in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rye, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne route website.

Traveling by car from Rye to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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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Victoria travel guide

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Gardens · Landmarks · Nightlife
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.
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