25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Bucharest

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and stroll through Clovelly.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Bucharest, Romania to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Sydney is 8 hours. In December, Sydney is much warmer than Bucharest - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
Fraser Island

Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Family-friendly places like Eli Creek and Dolphin & Whale Watching will thrill your kids.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fraser Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Head to Coffee Works and With Sugarfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and The Australian Natural Soap. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, browse the different shops at Bourke Street Mall, stop by Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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