53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Perth
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
Manchester

8
days
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Relax by the water at Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fremantle Prison and All Saints Anglican Church. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Fremantle (South Beach Recreation Reserve & The Fremantle Round House), Millendon (Tyler's Vineyard, Fig Tree Estate, & more) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinns Rocks Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bells Rapids Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Perth road trip planning website .

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 8 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in February, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Millendon, Whiteman, Quinns Rocks Beach, Rollerzone
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Olive Pink Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in February, with highs in Alice Springs at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
days
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

8
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Bones and Jones. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

9
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Caloundra Lighthouses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre (in Biggera Waters) and Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Kings Beach). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, Brisbane is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Burleigh Heads, Mooloolaba, Caloundra Lighthouses, Surfer's Paradise Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

9
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wanda Beach (in Cronulla) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Clovelly.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Wanda Beach, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

10
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 24th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, and admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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