42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Canberra
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

9
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures) and Port Douglas (Safaris, The Reef Marina, & more). Spend the 27th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Trinity Beach, Henry Ross Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, Brisbane is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Burleigh Head National Park, Sea World Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World, Surfer's Paradise Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 18th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
nights
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, meet the residents at National Zoo and Aquarium, and explore the striking landscape of Australian National Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

10
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.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Nielsen Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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