26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore and take pictures at Captain Cook Highway, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Cairns is 15 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the activities along Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Perth journey builder tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. In October, Perth is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

3
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 22nd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Perth to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. When traveling from Perth in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get curious at Questacon, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Canberra journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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, take a stroll through The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in October since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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