27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Coonawarra
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
8
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London


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2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online attractions planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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ArtVo ©
ArtVo
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, do a tasting at Katnook Estate, learn about winemaking at Leconfield Coonawarra, then contemplate the long history of Sharam Cottage, then learn about winemaking at The Blok Estate Winery, and finally contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coonawarra trip itinerary maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Melbourne to Coonawarra. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Coonawarra is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Penola
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The Blok Coonawarra ©
The Blok Coonawarra
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Katnook Coonawarra ©
Katnook Coonawarra

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 15th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): do a tasting at Bay of Shoals Winery, then examine the collection at Hope Cottage, and then make a trip to George's 40,000 Castle Lights.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island road trip website .

Drive from Coonawarra to Kangaroo Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hope Cottage ©
Hope Cottage

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at National Motor Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill, take a stroll through North Terrace, then see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum Port Adelaide, and finally contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Gorge Wildlife Park, National Railway Museum Port Adelaide, National Motor Museum
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National Motor Museum ©
National Motor Museum
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Bouddi National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Adelaide to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Bouddi National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bouddi National Park ©
Bouddi National Park

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.
Dolphin & Whale Watching has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at The Slim Dusty Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, do a tasting at Long Point Vineyard, and then see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie road trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, The Slim Dusty Centre
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Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Port Macquarie Historic Court House ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore and take pictures at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Wintjiri Arts + Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 25th (Fri), try to win big at Lasseters Casino, then take in the exciting artwork at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Iranti Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Hartley Street School Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Shopping Parks
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Talapi ©
Talapi
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle.

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

Getting from Alice Springs to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, stop by Colour Me Crazy, and then stroll through Boathaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then do sightseeing at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Make your Airlie Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Proserpine
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, plan for little chillier nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Hyde Park Barracks Museum ©
Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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