27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: London

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach and Babinda Boulders. Step out of the city life by going to Skydiving and Jaques Coffee Plantation. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to The Crystal Caves in Atherton, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Babinda Boulders, The Crystal Caves, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route maker website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville tour itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 29th (Sun), do sightseeing your way with Big Mama Sailing, then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip planner.

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. December in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online journey planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Hamilton Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kings Beach and Kurrawa Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Caloundra Lighthouses. Step out of Brisbane to go to Labrador and see Pelican Feeding, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Square, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and contemplate the long history of Newstead House.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Nan Tien Temple. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Nan Tien Temple
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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.
Visiting Kata Tjuta and Uluru will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Valley of the Winds and Kuniya Walk. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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

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