24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bloomfield
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mossman
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

9
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and Terrigal Beach. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Munmorah State Conservation Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker tool .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sydney is 18 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Mosman, Yengo National Park, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

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.
On the 8th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Melbourne at 69°F and lows at 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Palm Cove--about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Cairns hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Bloomfield.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Bloomfield

Bloomfield ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the activities along Bloomfield River and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bloomfield Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bloomfield itinerary builder site .

Getting from Cairns to Bloomfield by car takes about 5 hours. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Bloomfield

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bloomfield River
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Bloomfield River ©
Bloomfield River

4
nights
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Museum-lovers will get to explore Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Explore hidden gems such as Daintree National Park and Cow Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, appreciate the history behind Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and tee off at Mossman Golf Club.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossman trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Bloomfield to Mossman in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mossman are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Mossman Gorge Centre, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, Daintree National Park
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mossman to Sydney. Traveling from Mossman in October, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

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