26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
+3
ferry + foot + shuttle + Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Montevideo

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 10th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne visit planner .

Montevideo, Uruguay to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Uruguay Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Melbourne are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, & more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and have some family-friendly fun at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online route planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Gold Coast at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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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

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail (in Ballina), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Lennox Head Boardwalk (in Lennox Head). On the 18th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Byron Bay driving holiday planning tool .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gold Coast in June since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Boardwalk
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Food Tours
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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've now added Michaelmas Cay to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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