31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 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
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
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Canberra
— 1 night
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 2 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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip app.

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edinburgh in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, then soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey maker site.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, stroll through Indian Head, and take an exotic tour of Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, Fraser Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

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.
On the 13th (Thu), walk around South Bank Parklands and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Opal Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

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 nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, hike along Narrow Neck Trail, and learn the secrets of beer at TCP Day Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Canberra

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Canberra itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

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 28th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planning app.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the activities along Swan River and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Perth road trip site.

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Perth are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.