25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Mexico City

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker .

Mexico City, Mexico to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in December, things will get a bit warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Fitzroy Gardens ©
Fitzroy Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston). On the 13th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, and take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hobart trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Hobart, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahune Forest AirWalk, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning app .

Getting from Hobart to Cairns by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hobart in December, expect nights in Cairns to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Lake Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, learn about winemaking at Woodlands Wines, and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Margaret River takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Woodlands Wines
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Greens Pool and The Gap and Natural Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Cheynes Beach (in Waychinicup National Park) and Anvil Beach (in Denmark). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Misery Beach, and don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albany trip builder website .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Gallery of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin. The adventure continues: get curious at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, and admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra online journey builder .

Getting from Albany to Canberra by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Albany in December: highs in Canberra hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shelly Beach and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Speed Boats Tours
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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