25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Paphos
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  24​h
End: Paphos

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation builder tool .

Paphos, Cyprus to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Sydney is 8 hours. Traveling from Paphos in December, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Main Beach and see Sea World Theme Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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 31st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 8th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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