30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 45 min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Leura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Chicago

2
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 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. In November, Cairns is warmer than Chicago - with highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

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Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ubirr and Bardedjilidji Walk. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route builder website.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 96°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be slightly colder, around 50°F, while days are colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Canberra online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Megalong Creek Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leura: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights), Hillbilly Cider (in Bilpin) and Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, trek along The National Pass, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

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Traveling by car from Canberra to Leura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in November, expect Leura to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Megalong Valley, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum ©

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Darling Harbour and The Rocks. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, learn more about the world around you at Australian Museum, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planning tool.

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Leura, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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