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
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: London

4
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.
Village Gallery and Underart Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Head to Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugarfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 21st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and get outside with Horses in Port.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

1
day
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday builder site .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and explore the galleries of Brett Whiteley Studio.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, then examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre.

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Getting from Sydney to Leura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December in Leura, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Leura

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Gallery, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Leura to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Leura in December, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Canberra Contemporary Art Space ©
Canberra Contemporary Art Space

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and ISKCON Melbourne (Hare Krishna Temple) for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Federation Square, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

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Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get outdoors at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) 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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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