26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Pune

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne attractions planner .

Pune, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 14th (Fri): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker site .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in January, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the activities along Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Perth road trip planning app .

You can fly from Canberra to Perth in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Perth is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Perth. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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