Route & dates
57 days in Australia Itinerary
train + Fly: 26h
Cairns— 8 nights
Brisbane— 8 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Sydney— 3 nights
Drive: 3h 15min
Canberra— 12 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Melbourne— 20 nights
Fly + foot + bus: 6h
Noosa— 3 nights
bus + train + foot + Fly: 31h
The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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 in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.
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Exeter, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Exeter to Cairns. In June, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Cairns
Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Australia's New World City
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.Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Relax by the water at Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Marina Mirage (in Main Beach), Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.
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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Brisbane
Burleigh Heads, Mooloolaba Beach, Marina Mirage, Buderim Forest Park, Surfer's Paradise Beach
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The Harbour City
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.
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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.
Things to do in Sydney
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The Bush Capital
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.Step out of the city life by going to Gondwana Rainforest and National Zoo and Aquarium. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Namadgi National Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, relax in the rural setting at The Truffle Farm, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Majura, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.
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You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Canberra reach 13°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Canberra
Pierces Creek Forest, Riverside Plaza, Gondwana Rainforest, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Cockington Green
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 27:
Australia's Garden City
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 Half Moon Bay. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Y Water Discovery Centre (in Yea) and Hanging Rock Reserve (in Woodend). Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Kinglake National Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, tour the pleasant surroundings at Capital City Trail, and take a memorable tour with Tours.
To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne visit planner .
Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Melbourne
Y Water Discovery Centre, Kinglake National Park, Hanging Rock Reserve, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum and then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Noosa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Noosa
Mount Coolum, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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