25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Caloundra
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly + train:  5​h
8
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Bucharest


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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88 make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Melbourne Central, take a stroll through Degraves Street, stop by Readings Book Shop, and browse the eclectic array of goods at South Melbourne Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip tool .

Bucharest, Romania to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Melbourne is 8 hours. Traveling from Bucharest in December, expect Melbourne to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then browse the different shops at Marina Mirage.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip app .

Getting from Melbourne to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, stop by The Real McCaul, then buy something for everyone on your list at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, and finally stop by MaisyMoo. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Kawana Shoppingworld, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Caloundra journey planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Caloundra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Caloundra

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Mooloolaba Beach, Kawana Shoppingworld
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

1
day
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 28th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday maker .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Caloundra to Airlie Beach in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Caloundra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Smithfield Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online route planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Do your shopping at Coffee Works and With Sugar. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 2nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
day
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 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 5th (Sat), stop by The Candy Store Leura, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, stop by Victory Theatre Antique Centre, then look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, then stop by The Nook, and finally browse the different shops at Leura Mall. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere, then browse for treasures at Mr Pickwick's Fine Old Books, then stop by Katoomba Vintage Emporium, and finally look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Leura online road trip planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Leura by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Leura are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Rick Rutherford's Country
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Teddy Sinclair ©
Teddy Sinclair
Katoomba Vintage Emporium ©
Katoomba Vintage Emporium

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Opal Minded. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, stop by Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning app .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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