26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Paris

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Venture out of the city with trips to Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Paris, France to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Wentworth Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, Sydney is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Questacon and National Zoo and Aquarium. Escape the urban bustle at Canberra Centenary Trail and Australian National Botanic Gardens. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, get great views at Shepherds Lookout, and take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra day trip planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Canberra Centenary Trail ©
Canberra Centenary Trail
Questacon ©
Questacon
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: The Nobbies Centre (in Summerlands), Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay, and stop by Hyland's bookshop.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Cape Woolamai Beach, The Nobbies Centre, Koala Conservation Centre, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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