25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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 Newport Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip tool .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay online sightseeing planner .

Fly from Sydney to Hervey Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hervey Bay, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Noosa Main Beach and Bulcock Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Mooloolaba Beach) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Noosa day trip app .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Beach, Mount Ninderry
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Broken Head Beach. Visit Coolangatta Beach and Tugun Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Byron Bay, make a side trip to see Kirra Beach in Coolangatta, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Broken Head Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Melbourne Zoo and Sandridge Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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