27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h
5
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

6
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Jenolan Caves and Watson's Bay. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder site .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Roma Street Parkland. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Surfers Paradise (Infinity Attraction & SkyPoint Climb) and Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, explore the world behind art at GOMA, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Surfers Paradise, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Marina.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Brisbane to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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