27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

14
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, & more), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online day trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Taronga Zoo, Bilpin Cider Company, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planning app .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in March, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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