23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Florence
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Florence

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
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 Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne route builder tool .

Florence, Italy to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Florence to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Florence in February, you will find days in Melbourne are much hotter (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Manly Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a stroll through The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney vacation site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in February since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Clovelly Beach ©
Clovelly 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.
Relax by the water at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

5
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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 17th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, look for gifts at OK Gift Shop, and admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Trinity Beach, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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