26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
St Kilda
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Manly
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  26​h
End: Rome

7
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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas, & more). Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary maker tool .

Rome, Italy to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Cairns is 9 hours. In December, Cairns is warmer than Rome - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get great views at Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and have fun and explore at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs day trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

4
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St Kilda: Werribee (Victoria State Rose Garden & Werribee Open Range Zoo), Melbourne Cable Park (in Bangholme) and McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park (in Langwarrin). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, appreciate the history behind The Sun & The Moon Sculpture - Paul Juraszek, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brighton Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the St Kilda tour planner.

Getting from Alice Springs to St Kilda by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, St Kilda is little chillier than Alice Springs - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brighton, Werribee, Scienceworks, St John's Anglican Church, Jewish Holocaust Centre
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Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

5
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manly: Mona Vale Beach (in Mona Vale), Palm Beach (Barrenjoey Lighthouse & Palm Beach) and Warriewood Beach (in Warriewood). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taronga Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manly vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from St Kilda to Manly takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from St Kilda in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Manly, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mosman, Palm Beach, North Narrabeen Beach, Warriewood Beach, Bilgola Beach
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Sydney Harbour National Park ©
Sydney Harbour National Park

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