31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island Marina, Fly to Brisbane
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Noosa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fremantle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Broome
— 1 night
Fly
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Darwin
— 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. Explore hidden gems such as Billy Tea Safaris and Trinity Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns online travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mossman Gorge Centre and Opal Reef. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Airlie Beach Lagoon and Helicopter Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseshoe Bay. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at The Heart of Beauty.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Noosa trip maker site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Noosa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mary's Cathedral and The Rocks. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Watsons Bay, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stop by Darling Harbour, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Noosa to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

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.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and The Neck will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, admire the striking features of Constitution Dock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Roches Beach.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hobart planning app.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Margaret River

— 3 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Visiting Jewel Cave and Mammoth Cave will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Hamelin Bay and Meelup Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks) and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire all the interesting features of Caves Road, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hobart to Margaret River takes 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Fremantle.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Fremantle

— 2 nights
Settled by colonists and convicts in 1829, Fremantle has transformed its infamous historical buildings into cultural centers.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the waterfront at Dolphin Quay, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fremantle road trip website.

You can drive from Margaret River to Fremantle in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Fremantle sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Fremantle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

Broome

— 1 night

Yawuru Country

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 25th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Broome route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Fremantle to Broome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Broome when traveling from Fremantle in January, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Darwin

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, identify plant and animal life at Territory Wildlife Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Darwin day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Broome to Darwin. In January in Darwin, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.