28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Heronswood (in Dromana) and The Enchanted Adventure Garden (in Arthurs Seat). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, pause for some serene contemplation at Anglican Church, Barwon Heads, and admire all the interesting features of Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Melbourne. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Heronswood, Anglican Church, Barwon Heads, Swim with Dolphins
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The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park

7
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). Dedicate the 28th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Perth road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Perth, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Adventure World Perth Australia, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Fremantle Prison
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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