25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and Cooks' Cottage. Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Sovereign Hill) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Melbourne Central, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Start your trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Spend the 5th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Cape Tribulation Beach
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Village Herberton and Samurai Gallery Australia. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with a short trip to The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre in Atherton (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns day trip app .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Lord Howe Island in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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