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
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Manchester

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns tour planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. Family-friendly places like Manly Beach and Clovelly will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
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 National Sports Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, stroll through Kuniya Walk, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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