26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  29​h
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Geneva

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Darwin Aviation Museum and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wave Lagoon. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary maker .

Geneva, Switzerland to Darwin is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to Darwin is 8 hours. When traveling from Geneva in September, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree National Park and With Sugar. Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in September, expect Port Douglas to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Visit Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The Crystal Caves and Spy & Camera Museum. Spend the 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns online travel route planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, The Crystal Caves
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves
Spy & Camera Museum ©
Spy & Camera Museum

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at Old Government House, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Explore hidden gems such as St Paul's Cathedral and Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne route builder tool .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ballarat
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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