23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinity Beach and Botanical Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas in Port Douglas (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Cairns is much hotter than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Alice Springs

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, view the masterpieces at Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs journey planner.

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Blowhole Beach and Horseshoe Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cleland Wildlife Park and Morgan Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Carrickalinga Beach (in Carrickalinga), Boomer Beach (in Port Elliot) and Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, kick back and relax at Seacliff Beach, and stroll through Henley Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Alice Springs to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Adelaide is slightly colder than Alice Springs - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Elliot, Morgan Beach, Henley Beach, Waitpinga Beach, Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door
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Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ocean Beach and Sorrento Back Beach. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip app .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sorrento Back Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Ocean Beach, 13th Beach
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
13th Beach ©
13th 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Camp Cove. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Clovelly, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney planning tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) 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
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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.
Visit Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online vacation builder .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Mooloolaba Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Moffat Beach, Coolangatta Beach
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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