23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Sugar Industry Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 19th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker website .

Durham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Durham to Cairns. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Durham - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

6
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 Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Popular historic sites such as Fingal Head Lighthouse and Caloundra Lighthouses are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), Coolangatta (Kirra Beach & Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, and take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Brisbane is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

4
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.
Visit Norah Head Lighthouse and The National Pass for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Macquarie Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Caves Beach (in Swansea) and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at NSW Rail Museum, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and get great views at Bald Hill Lookout.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Norah Head Lighthouse, NSW Rail Museum, The National Pass, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as 13th Beach and Point Lonsdale Beach. Relax by the water at Safety Beach and Rye Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Coal Creek Community Park and Museum (in Korumburra), Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza (in Mt Eliza) and Cape Schanck Lighthouse (in Cape Schanck). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, stroll through Sorrento Back Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker website .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sorrento, 13th Beach, Rye Beach, Safety Beach, Point Lonsdale Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Rye Beach ©
Rye Beach
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum ©
Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach

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