33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
End: London

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Koolpin Gorge, then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin online sightseeing planner .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Darwin. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Darwin reach 37°C and lows reach 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Koolpin Gorge
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Historic Village Herberton in Herberton--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in August, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), stop by With Sugar. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Adventure, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Janbal Gallery ©
Janbal Gallery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and finally find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in August; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, 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
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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.
Visiting Dicky Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, explore the world behind art at GOMA, and take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brisbane travel planning site .

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 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Canberra planning app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Exhibition Building. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Cleland Wildlife Park and Adelaide Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Murray Street Vineyards and Seppeltsfield. Venture out of the city with trips to Greenock (Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars & Kalleske Wines) and God's Hill Wines (in Lyndoch).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Adelaide are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Wineries, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Greenock, God's Hill Wines, Seppeltsfield, Cleland Wildlife Park
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Perth trip planner.

Fly from Adelaide to Perth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Perth, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
Kings Park War Memorial ©
Kings Park War Memorial

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