26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Paphos
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  24​h
End: Paphos

6
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.
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning app .

Paphos, Cyprus to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Sydney is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paphos in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
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 out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday app .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 7th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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