30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

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. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker .

Chicago, USA to Cairns is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Cairns. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to 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:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
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. Get some cultural insight at Ubirr and Motor Car Falls. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, admire all the interesting features of Anbangbang Rock Shelter, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip simple and quick.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Cap off 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:
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for much colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Kick 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 get curious at Questacon.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Canberra road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Canberra, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
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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. Get some cultural insight at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and The National Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leura: Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley), Hillbilly Cider (in Bilpin) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Leura tour itinerary planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Katoomba, Megalong Valley, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Hillbilly Cider, Gallery Blackheath
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Leura to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Leura in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 62°F at night. Cap off 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:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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