26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Orford
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, take a stroll through Melbourne Central, and kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday tool .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Melbourne. In April, Melbourne is a bit warmer than Newcastle upon Tyne - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and finally head off the coast to Macquarie Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Hobart by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April in Hobart, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then identify plant and animal life at Friendly Beaches, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Coles Bay using our trip planner.

Drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gala Estate Vineyard
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. On the 19th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Raspins Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Orford holiday planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Orford by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Orford can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sydney trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Orford to Sydney. In April, Sydney is a bit warmer than Orford - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
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 out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Head National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

4
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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