27 days in New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland Itinerary

27 days in New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland Itinerary

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27 days in New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning 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 to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Warrandyte State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. Spend the 9th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online road trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
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St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

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Dicky Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby

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nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Funstuff by Lynda and The Reef Marina. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 21st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas takes 11 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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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 Esplanade Boardwalk. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Smithfield Shopping Centre. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Smithfield Shopping Centre, Palm Cove Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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