27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kiama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Let the collections at Questacon and National Museum of Australia capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Portrait Gallery and Mount Ainslie Lookout. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Old Parliament House, explore the galleries of Strathnairn Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, and take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery.

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

London, UK to Canberra is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from London to Canberra, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kiama.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

2
nights
Kiama

Kiama ©
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means 'where the sea makes a noise'.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Seven Mile Beach National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, then examine the collection at HARS Aviation Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Kiama Blowhole, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kiama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Canberra to Kiama by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, Kiama is somewhat warmer than Canberra - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Kiama

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shellharbour, Seven Mile Beach National Park
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
HARS Aviation Museum ©
HARS Aviation Museum
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole

1
night
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. On the 15th (Mon), hike along Cathedral of Ferns Walk, explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Canyon track, and finally take some stellar pictures from Anvil Rock Lookout.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Blue Mountains National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kiama to Blue Mountains National Park in 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kiama in July since evenings lows in Blue Mountains National Park dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Cathedral of Ferns Walk
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
Anvil Rock Lookout ©
Anvil Rock Lookout

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of New South Wales and Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, stroll through Manly Beach, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Noosa road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Artisans Gallery
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Artisans Gallery ©
Artisans Gallery
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, and finally stop by Podie Pie. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, stroll through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Montville Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Maleny travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Noosa to Maleny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Montville, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Podie Pie
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. You'll get in some beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Gold Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Spas & Wellness. Venture out of the city with trips to Bundjalung National Park (in Evans Head), Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina) and Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian).

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay road trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Byron Bay, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Evans Head, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
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4
nights
Cairns

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 get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Let the collections at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Bones and Jones capture your imagination. Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are much hotter (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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