25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

5
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker tool .

Newark, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in May, with highs in Cairns at 82°F and lows at 69°F. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

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

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

6
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 Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday builder tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
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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

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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