27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Eumundi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Murwillumbah
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
North Haven
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  42​h
9
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Manchester

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.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Agincourt Reef and Spas & Wellness. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree Discovery Centre and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
day
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at GOMA, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In October, Brisbane is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Eumundi.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Eumundi

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. On the 24th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, and finally look for gifts at Podie Pie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Eumundi holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Eumundi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Murwillumbah.

Things to do in Eumundi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa, Kings Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Podie Pie, Mooloolaba Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Murwillumbah

Murwillumbah ©
Murwillumbah is a town in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia, in the Tweed Shire, on the Tweed River, 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane. Get outdoors at Coolangatta Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Tugun Beach. Go for a jaunt from Murwillumbah to Coolangatta to see Kirra Beach about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, relax in the rural setting at Freeman's Organic Farm, and identify plant and animal life at Tropical Fruit World.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Murwillumbah trip maker tool .

Getting from Eumundi to Murwillumbah by car takes about 3 hours. In October in Murwillumbah, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to North Haven.

Things to do in Murwillumbah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
North Haven

North Haven ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seven Mile Beach and Forster Main Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Burgess Beach, Forster and Saltwater National Park. Go for a jaunt from North Haven to Dyers Crossing to see Villa d'Esta Vineyard about 1h 30 min away.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our North Haven travel route builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Murwillumbah to North Haven with the Route module. Traveling from Murwillumbah in October, expect nights in North Haven to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in North Haven

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Forster, Saltwater National Park, Villa d'Esta Vineyard
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Villa d'Esta Vineyard ©
Villa d'Esta Vineyard

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Explore hidden gems such as Koala Hospital and Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tacking Point Lighthouse and Port Macquarie Historic Court House. Go for a jaunt from Port Macquarie to Hat Head to see Korogoro Walking Track about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: trek along Coastal walk, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Little Brewing Company, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker tool .

Port Macquarie is just a stone's throw from North Haven. In October, daily temperatures in Port Macquarie can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Korogoro Walking Track, Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary planner.

Fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in November: highs in Sydney hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Darwin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, then get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, and finally examine the collection at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin road trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Darwin in 42 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Darwin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Safaris

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