Route & dates
25 days in Australia Itinerary
Melbourne— 11 nights
Fly: 5h 45min
Cairns— 6 nights
Fly: 5h 15min
Brisbane— 4 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Sydney— 3 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Central and Sovereign Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Spas (in Daylesford) and Red Duck Micro-Brewery (in Ballarat). Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and take in the exciting artwork at FortyFiveDownstairs.
To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner .
Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. July in Melbourne sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.
Things to do in Melbourne
Ballarat, Brighton Beach, Phillip Island Winery, The Great Ocean Road, Spas
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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.Let the collections at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery capture your imagination. Visiting Safaris and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Sunday Market Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 10th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.
To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning tool .
You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, Cairns is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Cairns
Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Australia's New World City
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.Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Henderson Gallery and Opal Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre in Biggera Waters (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, hunt for treasures at Eat Street Northshore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.
To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip site .
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 August, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Brisbane
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
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The Harbour City
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.Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and St Phillip's Anglican church are in your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.
For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .
You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Sydney
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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