Traveling to Australia, it’s probably everyone’s bucketlist. And it should! We just came back from a 4 week / one month trip down under. And it was just amazing. A trip we would recommend to everyone. The country, bigger than Europe, has a lot to offer. Unfortunately you have to travel a large distance to get there. People who go to Australia do it as a once in a lifetime experience. That was our idea as well so we wanted to get to most out of our trip. But now we’re back. We’ll probably be going again (in a couple of years). As we thought we were only going once to Australia, we’ve tried to visit as much as possible. In this article we’ll try to put the best itinerary for Australia in just 4 weeks.
Unfortunately Australia is too big to do everything in 4 week, 30 of 1 month. Even a couple of months won’t be enough. It’s important to lower your expectations that you can see/do everything. Spending 3 weeks in Australia is the bare minimum. So if you can spend 4 weeks, you can see more than the average tourist going to Australia.
Plan your trip to Australia yourself or not?
We got this question a lot from other travellers, friends and relatives. Planning your trip to Australia is doable but will mean a lot of work. We didn’t book your trip ourself but went to a local booking agent specialised in trips to Down Under. It’s something we would really recommend.
There is a lot, really a lot, to do in Australia. You wouldn’t know where to start and don’t get me started about finishing it up. The travel agents can easily tell what you like when you travel, what you want to do. I would recommend to do some research of what you really want to see.
Next to that, the travel agents can put some flight ticket in an option when they are planning your trip. If something would change in your itinerary, they can easily rebook your tickets. This is something you can’t do.
They also know what the best period is to visit the different regions in Australia and will plan accordingly.
Thinking about the price? Working with a local travel agent won’t be more expensive or at least not a lot than when you book everything yourself. They can arrange some reductions which you can’t if you book the trip. We’ve calculated our trip ourself and there was only a minimum difference.
Be prepared when you go to Australia
If you think that, when you book your trip with a travel agent, you don’t have to do anything? Think again. It’s important to be prepared when you heading off Down Under. Make sure you have the right clothing, the right shoes (look for trail shoes).
Make sure you have the right equipment you’ll need for your trip. A travel adapter, reusable waterbottle (insulated if possible), a hat, sun crème, powerbank, something to backup your holiday photos, … We’ll working on a list of the essentials to bring to Australia. Once it’s finished we’ll add a link to it here.
So are you ready to fall in love with Australia even more? We’re happy to share our Down Under adventures
Our 4 weeks itinerary in Australia
Because we wanted to see as much as possible of Australia, we decided to take domestic flights to travel from state to state. This means we weren’t able to The Great Ocean Road, rent a camper and do the East Coast, … Things to consider yourself. But Australia has much more to offer than the Great Ocean Road. In our opinion it would be a waste of time to spend too much time on the road.
Our trip started in Sydney. Not the capital city of Australia, Canberra is, but thé most popular city of the country. Our plane lands at 7AM. We’re ready (a little tired of the trip) to discover Sydney. We have 3 days to spend but would recommend to spend 4 days if possible. So you’ll have enough time to see Sydney.
- Hydes Park
- Botanical Garden
- Opera House (during daytime)
- Opera House (in the evening)
- Coastal walk from Bondi beach to Coogee Beach
- Shopping Center
- Sydney Harbour Bridge (if you’re interested, we can recommend to do the Bridge Climb).
- China Town
This is something we could do, but actually wanted to.
- Blue Mountains
Itinerary Adelaide – Kangaroo Island
After Sydney we flew over to Adelaide. It’s a unknown city for most travellers but it’s actually a nice city to stay. Nice musea, great botanical garden and the perfect base to visit Kangaroo Island.
We did a 2 day tour on Kangaroo Island with Groovy Grapes. A local touroperator which we would definitely recommend. Kangaroo Island is a must to see. A lot of Kangaroo’s, but they’re only active during night times and stay away from the roads, so you won’t see a lot of them, a lot of Koala’s, …
The hightlights of our 2 day trip on Kangaroo Island with Gravy Groope
- Some awesome views
- Quad ride offroad – must do (but not included in the tour)
Itinerary Alice Springs – Red Center
The next stop on our trip was Alice Springs. The only city in the center of Australia. And the base to start your adventure in the Australian Red Center. With a half day you have more than enough time to spend in Alice. Not a lot to see except the Royal Flying Doctors, Kangaroo Rescue Center and some great Aborinigal Art Galleries
We’ve choosen a 4-day guided campingsafari with Wayoutback. The ideal way to visit the Red Center. You have different options but 4 days is just enough to see everything worthwhile.
On the first day of our trip we got picked up at our hotel at 6AM. On the first day we needed do drive a long distance to the most popular spot in the Red Center: the Uluru (Ayers Rock). Around noon we arrived at our first campsite to have lunch. Everyone needs to help a little but this way you get to know the other travellers. With some luck, some great friendships can start there.
After lunch we headed of to the Uluru for a guided tour and an awesome introduction of the rock, the aboriginals and their history.
At night you get back to the Uluru to watch the sunset with a glass of bubbles. A bit overrated with hundreds of other tourists. But i have to admin, it had something.
We got up early to see the sunrise at the Uluru. This had more magic than the sunset. But that’s my opinion. Get there and find out yourself :-).
After the sunrise we headed of to Kata Tjuta aka the Olga’s. It’s a sacred rock formation for the Aboriginal people. An awesome walk with some great views. We really loved the Olga’s.
On the 3rd day an even more awesome natural phenomenon was on our to do: Kings Canyon. We did the long walk (6km which took us a 3 à 4 hours. It’s hard to describe what we saw there. Even photo’s can show the view. It was really breathtaking.
It’s almost a desert feeling when you suddenly stop at the Garden of Eden, an oasis with a small lake (you can’t swim in it) and a lot of vegetation.
At the 3rd campsite we had the opportunity to sleep in a swag (a portable sleeping unit). You’ll sleep outdoors with great view over the starry sky. If you have the opportunity, you should really do it! No worries, bugs, spiders, … won’t be harassing you!
The 4rth day is just relaxing and enjoying the nature, swimming in the MacDonnel Ranges and then heading back to Alice Springs.
Tip: make sure you can carry at least 3 liters of water. In some National Parks it’s obliged to do. And you really need it in the hot temperatures. If possible, buy some insulated waterbottles which will keep your water cool.
Itinerary Darwin – Catherine – Litchfield – Kakadu
Our startingpoint to see the Top End was Darwin. A lot of travellers don’t go to the Top End, but that’s actually a shame. It’s something that should be on your bucketlist. We took a 5 day campingtrip with Wayoutback.
Our guide picked us up at 7am in the morning when we drove of to Litchfield. It’s recommended to do the Top End with a guide. They know a lot of the history of the region, vegetation, …, they know where you can swim and more important where you can’t because of the Crocodiles and see the most amazing falls.
We visited the top end in October, which is the best month to see the rest of Australia, but not the Top End. The temperatures climbed up to 38 degrees with a humidity of 90%. I’ve sweated day and night. But it was worth is. But if you can, plan your trip between June & September.
The highlights of our Top End adventure:
- Boat tour on the Yellow Waters (with real crocodiles)
- Canooing in Catherine
- Multiple falls
Itinerary Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef
Cairns was the last stop of our amazing trip through Australia. We rented a car to discover the Cairns region on our own pace.
From Cairns we drove off to Atheron (via Babinda, Millaa Millaa & Malanda). After that we drove of via Mareeba to Mossmand (and visited Mossman Gorge). The next stop was Cow Bay. The perfect base to visit Cape Tribulation.
Some highlights of our trip in Cairns
- Snorkeling in the Inner Reef with Ocean Safari
- Jungle Surfing in Cape Tribulation
- Iced Coffee at CoffeWorks
- Mossman Gorge
- the different views, vegetation, …
Our 4 week itinerary in Australia
During 4 weeks we’ve travelled through Australia. An awesome experience which I would recommend to everyone. From our point of view, we had the perfect / best itinerary to visit Australia. Renting a camper and visit the East Coast or backpacking is definitely a great alternative. But you’ll need more time or see less of Australia. That’s up to you to decide.
If you have any questions regarding our trip Down Under or need any recommendations? Let us know in a comment! We’ll be happy to help.