26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
End: Melbourne

9
nights
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 Parliament House of Victoria for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

5
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Katoomba Cascades & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Katoomba
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
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.
Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Nepalese Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art. Step out of Brisbane to go to Main Beach and see Sea World Theme Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Opal Museum, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Above & Below Photography Gallery and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Plan my day in Airlie Beach using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne
For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 17°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Healesville.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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