28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Let the collections at Art on Cairncross and Seaview Art Gallery capture your imagination. Head to Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith and Montville Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra), Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina) and Opals Down Under (in Glenview). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, browse for treasures at Relove Oxley, view the masterpieces at Tina Cooper Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at The Henderson Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip site .

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Brisbane to be much hotter, temps between 84°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Art on Cairncross, Opals Down Under, Tina Cooper Gallery
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Shopping Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Australian War Memorial and Scott Leggo Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Strathnairn Gallery and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Bungendore (Village Antiques & Paul Kowalski Photography Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, take in the exciting artwork at Drill Hall Gallery, and get curious at Questacon.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra route planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Bungendore
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at FortyFiveDownstairs, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and shop like a local with The White Room Interiors.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Melbourne sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

5
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.
Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Des Spencer Galleries and Underart Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, Ngarru Gallery, & more). Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, browse the different shops at Orchid Plaza, get some fabulous bargains at DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Tanks Arts Centre, Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery ©
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery

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