31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Drive:  3​h
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newcastle

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, trek along Grand Canyon track, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Katoomba trip site .

Newcastle to Katoomba is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip website .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in October, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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 to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online visit planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Walu Wugirriga Lookout, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planning tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns tour builder site .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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