26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Nambucca Heads
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Helsinki

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning tool .

Helsinki, Finland to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Cairns is 8 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries, stop by With Sugar, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 13th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island driving holiday site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Champagne Pools.

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You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nambucca Heads.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads ©
Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Bowraville Folk Museum, learn about all things military at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, then kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nambucca Heads trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Nambucca Heads. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nambucca Heads, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bowraville, Scotts Head Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum ©
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum
Bowraville Folk Museum ©
Bowraville Folk Museum

4
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 Wentworth Falls. Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: stroll through Manly Beach, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney route planner .

Explore your travel options from Nambucca Heads to Sydney with the Route module. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Royal Historical Society of Victoria, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Sports Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Walkatjara Art. There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Maguk Gorge and Ubirr. Anbangbang Billabong and Mirrai Lookout are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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