28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + train:  26​h
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Durham


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3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get in touch with nature at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Blue Mountains. Museum-lovers will appreciate Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Squirrel Shop. Step out of Katoomba to go to Valley Heights and see Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. On the 16th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, stroll through The National Pass, take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planner .

Durham, USA to Katoomba is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Katoomba is 15 hours. In April, daytime highs in Katoomba are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Reef Beach. Spend the 22nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney online route maker .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Balloon Rides. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Visiting Cleland Wildlife Park and Gorge Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Gallery of South Australia and Primo Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock), Fox Creek Wines (in McLaren Vale) and National Motor Museum (in Birdwood). Dedicate the 1st (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, get lost in a book at State Library of South Australia, and admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Wineries

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Gorge Wildlife Park, National Motor Museum, Cleland Wildlife Park, Murray Street Vineyards
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Thomgallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bundjalung National Park and Broken Head Beach. Take a break from Byron Bay with a short trip to Whian Whian State Conservation Area in Whian Whian, about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: trek along Cape Byron Walking Track and enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Adelaide to Byron Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Adelaide in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Bundjalung National Park, Broken Head Beach
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Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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 get in some beach time at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Glass House Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands and examine the collection at Old Government House.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Glass House Mountains National Park
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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