26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Manchester

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in September: highs in Perth hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
day
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 30th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, ponder the world of 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.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Canberra travel planner.

You can fly from Perth to Canberra in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Canberra is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in September, expect Canberra to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

5
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, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney online trip maker .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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 9th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne visit planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Melbourne at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
On the 10th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October: highs in Port Douglas hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

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 October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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