25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Leura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne. Visit St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, get a new perspective on things with Melbourne Boat Hire, and buy something for everyone on your list at Bourke Street Mall.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning website .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

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St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hike along Kuniya Walk, make a trip to Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Bones and Jones. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Safaris, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
days
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): kick back and relax 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 in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island travel site .

Fly from Cairns to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

7
days
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Giulians. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

3
days
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. Head to The Nook and The Candy Store Leurafor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Wentworth Falls and The National Pass. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and browse the different shops at Leura Mall.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Leura itinerary tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Leura are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Leura

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Victory Theatre Antique Centre, The National Pass, Rick Rutherford's Country
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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