29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Tamborine Mountain
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Bristol

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Shaolin Junk Cruises will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and explore the galleries of Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

5
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Bring the kids along to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Safaris. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Thornton Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
day
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
On the 9th (Fri), look for gifts at The Treat Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at CapanArt Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Curtis Falls, and finally get your game on at TankRide.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamborine Mountain holiday builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Port Douglas to Tamborine Mountain takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in August; daily highs in Tamborine Mountain reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

TankRide
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Curtis Falls ©
Curtis Falls
The Treat Shop ©
The Treat Shop
CapanArt Gallery ©
CapanArt Gallery

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Art on Cairncross and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Mooloolaba Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Podie Pie (in Nambour) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's more to do: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online travel planner .

Drive from Tamborine Mountain to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Art on Cairncross, Podie Pie, Mooloolaba Beach, Sea World Theme Park
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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

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.
Brett Whiteley Studio and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and ATTY Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and view the masterpieces at Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney journey builder tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and revel in the low prices at DFO South Wharf.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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