27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
4
Eumundi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  25​h
End: Vancouver


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5
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 Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, explore the galleries of Craft Victoria, immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park, and identify plant and animal life at Damper Creek Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation builder website .

Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Vancouver to Melbourne, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Damper Creek Reserve
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Darwin trip builder app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Darwin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Darwin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Underart Gallery and Bones and Jones. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cairns Art Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in October, expect Cairns to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Eumundi.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Eumundi

Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Get a sense of the local culture at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith and Chenrezig Institute. Appreciate the collections at Mapleton Observatory and Queensland Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Eumundi: Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Mooloolaba (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mooloolaba Beach). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets and step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Eumundi holiday website .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Cairns to Eumundi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Eumundi

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Chenrezig Institute, Sunshine Castle, Mapleton Observatory
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

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.
Shop till you drop at Brett Whiteley Studio and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Eumundi to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Logan Brae Orchard, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

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 a sense of the local culture at Des Spencer Galleries and Daintree Discovery Centre. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ngarru Gallery and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, stop by With Sugar, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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