26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h
5
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Bowen
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Glasgow

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Step out of Melbourne to go to Daylesford and see Stony Creek Gallery, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Glasgow, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Glasgow to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glasgow in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Art Gallery of Ballarat, Stony Creek Gallery
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains) and Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Cathedral of Ferns Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Japanache (in Southport). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, and browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Take a break from the city and head to Catseye Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hamilton Island Golf Club and Passage Peak. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and get outside with Jetryder.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island journey site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in August, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): hike along Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Hayman Island trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. August in Hayman Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Beaches Wildlife Parks
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4
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Speed Boats Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Heart Reef. Spend the 29th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and explore the galleries of Above & Below Photography.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hayman Island to Airlie Beach. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Bowen Historical Society and Museum, don't miss a visit to Mother Beddock Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grays Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bowen road trip planning app .

Drive from Airlie Beach to Bowen in an hour. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Bowen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bowen

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Bowen Historical Society and Museum ©

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