52 days in Australia Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 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
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Hobart
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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 2 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 4 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.
Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 5 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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Green Island, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 3 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.
Brisbane is known for parks, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Brisbane is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 5 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Champagne Pools, head off the coast to Waddy Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fraser Island travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noosa.
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Noosa — 5 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Aqua Fun Park (in Twin Waters), Wirreanda Park (in Buderim) and Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, go for a walk through Sunshine Coast Great Walk, and kick back and relax at Alexandra Headland Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lord Howe Island.
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Lord Howe Island — 3 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, wildlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, stroll through Old Settlement Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Noosa to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Noosa to Lord Howe Island, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 6 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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney holiday builder website.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 0.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 5 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of Katoomba to go to Faulconbridge and see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wentworth Falls Lookout, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and hike along The National Pass.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba online trip builder.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hobart.
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Hobart — 3 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.
Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton), Wild Ocean Tasmania (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Raptor Refuge (in Kettering). On the 26th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, do a tasting at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hobart road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Katoomba in January: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 2 nights

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): trek along Lake Lilla Track and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Cradle Mountain Canyons, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Hobart to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Melbourne — 6 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 31st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 29th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

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You can fly from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Melbourne in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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