23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London


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2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Flinders Street Station, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Melbourne is 10 hours. In November, Melbourne is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 14th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning website .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Cairns to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 17th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, get outside with Jetryder, and don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In November in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in November since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 21°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Hastings Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, and then get great views at Lows Lookout.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lows Lookout
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 26th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then head outdoors with Pelican Feeding. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip maker .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get interesting insight from Tours, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel planning app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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