25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
5
Canberra
— 1 night
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
7
Perth
— Few hours
Fly + train:  23​h 15​min
End: Bristol

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Bristol to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time 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

4
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 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Shaolin Junk Cruises
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

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.
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 in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
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 18th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial and then delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Canberra at 25°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Gondwana Rainforest
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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 23rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

few
hours
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Perth, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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