28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Dublin

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Dee Why Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday maker site .

Dublin, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Sydney is 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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nights
Fraser Island

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Dolphin & Whale Watching.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Maguk Gorge and Ubirr. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gold Coast to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 17th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planning app .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 19th (Sat), kick back and relax at Myall Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Walu Wugirriga Lookout ©
Walu Wugirriga Lookout

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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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, get outside with Walpa Gorge, trek along Kuniya Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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