55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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55 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
Sydney
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Blue Mountains National Park
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ipswich
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
North Stradbroke Island
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

11
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in February, with highs in Sydney at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Taronga Zoo, Nielsen Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

9
days
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Explore Blue Mountains National Park's surroundings by going to Blackheath (Govetts Leap, Gallery Blackheath, & more), Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Leura (Sublime Point Lookout, Josophan's Fine Chocolate, & more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Jenolan Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Canyon track, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and do a tasting at Hillbilly Cider.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Blue Mountains National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park in 2.5 hours. In February in Blue Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Wilberforce, Bellbird Hill Lookout, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 1st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 2nd (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Mountains National Park to Melbourne. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in February, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe) and Wolston Farmhouse (in Wacol). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at South Bank Parklands, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Wolston Farmhouse, Bee Gees Way, Captain Cook Highway
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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

2
days
Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. On the 17th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Queensland Raceways and then stroll through Hidden Vale Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): have fun and explore at Ipswich Art Gallery, examine the collection at The Workshops Rail Museum, and then stroll through Queens Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ipswich online road trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Ipswich in an hour. March in Ipswich sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Ipswich

#Parks, #Museums, #Trails
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Hidden Vale Adventure Park ©
Hidden Vale Adventure Park
Queensland Raceways ©
Queensland Raceways
Ipswich Art Gallery ©
Ipswich Art Gallery

few
hours
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
On the 19th (Tue), stroll through Frenchman's Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along North Gorge Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amity Point Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the North Stradbroke Island road trip planning app .

You can drive from Ipswich to North Stradbroke Island in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in North Stradbroke Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk

10
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 20th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planner.

Explore your travel options from North Stradbroke Island to Cairns with the Route module. Traveling from North Stradbroke Island in March, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades, Edge Hill Memorial Bowls Club, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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