27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
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 Royal Exhibition Building are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Catani Gardens. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity College Chapel, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

St Kilda, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The National Pass and Camperdown Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Noosa Regional gallery and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Noosa road trip planning app .

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. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa Regional gallery ©
Noosa Regional gallery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

8
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach), Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, appreciate the history behind 1876 Landing Party, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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