43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 13 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
Edinburgh

12
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Art on Cairncross and Caloundra Lighthouses. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Kawana Shoppingworldfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Montville (Kondalilla National Park, Clock Shop, & more), Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina) and Surfers Paradise (Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast & Surfer's Paradise Beach). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, hunt for treasures at Caloundra Street Fair, browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

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Edinburgh, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in November; daily highs in Brisbane reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trips

Montville, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Surfers Paradise, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

4
days
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

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Getting from Brisbane to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

11
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Scots Church for their historical value. Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and Tyabb Packing House Antiques (in Tyabb). On the 3rd (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the different shops at Bourke Street Mall, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and look for gifts at The Australian Natural Soap.

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Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Tours, #Museums

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, Tyabb Packing House Antiques
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

13
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Leura (The Candy Store Leura, Teddy Sinclair, & more), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass, Rick Rutherford's Country, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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