25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  18​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
6
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Zurich

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Everglades Historic House and Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to The Giant Stairway (in Katoomba) and Wollongong (Wollongong Botanic Garden & Nan Tien Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay May 6 — 12:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Bells Beach in Torquay--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne attractions planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bells Beach
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Glenelg Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Tanunda (Rockford Winery & Chateau Tanunda). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tanunda, Glenelg Beach
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, enjoy breathtaking views from Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse ©
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

3
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 23rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Uluru, stroll through Kuniya Walk, identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 18.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Helicopter Tours
Uluru ©
Uluru

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Anzac Hill, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

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