33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
8
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights

3
nights
Katoomba

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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and trek along The Giant Stairway.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Katoomba is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Katoomba due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Katoomba to be much hotter, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker.

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, cool off at Cairns Wake park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, stroll through Indian Head, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island tour planning tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in December, Fraser Island is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Champagne Pools ©
Champagne Pools
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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 27th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 30th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, thenkick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, thentee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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