25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Perth

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get in touch with nature at Cottesloe Beach and Silver Sands Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Warnbro Beach and Rockingham Beach. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Fremantle (Fremantle Markets, St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle, & more), The House of Honey (in Herne Hill) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). There's lots more to do: stroll through City Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and identify plant and animal life at Point Peron.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Perth International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham, City Beach, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Talapi. Step out of the city life by going to Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, and try to win big at Lasseters Casino.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs route builder .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Alice Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Alice Springs at 41°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Casinos Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits

3
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.
On the 31st (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Alice Springs to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol, and then take in the views from Story Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Brisbane are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or The Rocks Markets. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Clovelly, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and look for gifts at Opal Minded.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a stroll through Melbourne Central and then look for gifts at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne route builder site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach, learn about winemaking at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, and then take a stroll through North Terrace.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide road trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Carrickalinga Beach, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Aldinga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Wirra Wirra Vineyards ©
Wirra Wirra Vineyards

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