26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

Discover how to plan a Cairns trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Stockholm to Cairns. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Myall Beach and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Daintree Entomological museum & Cape Tribulation Beach). Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at The Reef Marina, and take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary app .

Getting from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

5
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 Clovelly. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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