23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nadi, Viti Levu
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Let the collections at Village Gallery and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory capture your imagination. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Discovery Centre will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Des Spencer Galleries, & more), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner .

Nadi, Fiji to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nadi to Cairns. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Rex Lookout
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (in Broadbeach), Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville) and Main Beach (Anthea Polson Art & Marina Mirage). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Art on Cairncross, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane attractions planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Chenrezig Institute, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Art on Cairncross
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Brett Whiteley Studio and Justice & Police Museum. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, explore the galleries of ATTY Gallery, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
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Brett Whiteley Studio ©
Brett Whiteley Studio
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and The Great Ocean Road. Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, explore the galleries of Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art, don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, and identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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