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26 days in Australia Itinerary
Fly: 23h 15min
Cairns— 4 nights
Brisbane— 4 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Sydney— 5 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Melbourne— 5 nights
Fly: 6h 15min
Perth— 6 nights
Fly: 19h 45min
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Safaris (in Port Douglas).
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.
London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Cairns
Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:
Australia's New World City
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.You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Moffat Beach. Get outdoors at Mooloolaba Beach and Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment, have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, and kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park.
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .
You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Brisbane
Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
The Harbour City
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.Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning website .
Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Sydney
Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
Australia's Garden City
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. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne tour builder tool .
You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.
Things to do in Melbourne
St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:
City of Light
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Caversham Wildlife Park and Trigg Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Upper Reach Winery (in Baskerville), Millendon (Fig Tree Estate, Tyler's Vineyard, & more) and All Saints Anglican Church (in Belhus). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Basilica.
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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. On the 15th (Thu), you're off tohome.
Things to do in Perth
Millendon, Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach, The Sacred India Gallery, All Saints Anglican Church
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:
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