29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Cairns

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online vacation planner.

Halifax, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Halifax to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Halifax in November, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, trot along with a tour on horseback, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Mutitjulu Waterhole are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using our trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be little chillier, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Victoria and Immigration Museum. Dedicate the 18th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne route builder.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, you will find days in Melbourne are much colder (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

Hobart

— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Port Arthur Historic Site and The Church are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Wild Ocean Tasmania in Eaglehawk Neck--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kingston Beach, and contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you will find days in Hobart are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Katoomba

— 2 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): trek along Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at The Three Sisters, trek along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hobart to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in November, things will get a bit warmer in Katoomba: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and ATTY Gallery. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney route builder app.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Katoomba in November: highs in Sydney hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

Lord Howe Island

— 3 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 1st (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island travel planner.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

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.