28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

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

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Kids will enjoy Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Sea World Theme Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Big Blue Charters (in Gold Coast). There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Brisbane trip simple and quick.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

7
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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in June; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 7:
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and The National Pass. Bring the kids along to Manly Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, get a new perspective on nature at Australian Museum, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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