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
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and The Great Ocean Road. You'll get in some beach time at Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Melbourne Central, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the 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. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey builder app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, North Head Sanctuary
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Heads Beach. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and explore the galleries of 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Village Gallery and Daintree Discovery Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation builder site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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