25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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.
On the 18th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then get your bearings at The Byron Bay Book Exchange, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of The Farm Byron Bay, then let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay itinerary maker site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Byron Bay by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Port Douglas in December since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sydney trip simple and quick.

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and finally stop by Trove Canberra. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then engage your brain at Questacon, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Telstra Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra road trip planner .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally make a trip to Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Uluru, then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Go for a jaunt from Perth to Fremantle to see Fremantle Prison about 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 9th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and get great views at Fraser Avenue Lookout.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Perth travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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