27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sunflowers Animal Farm. Attractions like Hamelin Bay and Amaze'n Margaret River make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave) and Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River tour itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Margaret River is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Margaret River. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Ngilgi Cave, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Food Tours
Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Little Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Greens Pool and Emu Point. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, explore and take pictures at Replica of the Brig Amity, and appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Albany trip planner.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Albany sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to A Maze'N Things and Werribee Open Range Zoo. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Daylesford (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Albany to Melbourne in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Albany to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Albany in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

A Maze'N Things, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Spas
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenolan Caves and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Family-friendly places like Coolangatta Beach and Sea World Theme Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Brisbane (Gallery of Modern Art & Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha). It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

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Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Cape Byron Walking Track
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Mossman Gorge. Kids will appreciate attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Step out of Darwin to go to Batchelor and see Litchfield National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Wave Lagoon, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Darwin attractions planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Darwin hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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