23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Adelaide
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
9
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Chinchilla
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then get your game on at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online travel planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 4th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in March since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 7th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation planning app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the activities along Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perth holiday builder tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Perth by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Perth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
day
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 10th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Adelaide. Traveling from Perth in March, you will find days in Adelaide are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 14th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip website .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
On the 15th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canberra attractions planning website .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Canberra sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Nature Parks Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in March, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in March, you will find days in Fraser Island are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Chinchilla.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
day
Chinchilla

Chinchilla
Chinchilla is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chinchilla online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Chinchilla takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chinchilla

Museums
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