29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Get outdoors at Lake Burley Griffin and Australian National Botanic Gardens. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and engage your brain at Questacon.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip builder app .

Vancouver, Canada to Canberra is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Canberra. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in December: highs in Canberra hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©
Floriade ©
Floriade

7
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Visit Horseshoe Bay and Aldinga Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Blowhole Beach and Adelaide Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Island Beach (in Kangaroo Island), Hahndorf (Beerenberg Farm & The Cedars) and McLaren Vale (Fox Creek Wines & McLaren Unvaled). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at National Wine Centre of Australia, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Gum Tree Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Adelaide day trip app .

You can fly from Canberra to Adelaide in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Hahndorf, Glenelg Golf Club, Cleland Wildlife Park, Old Gum Tree Reserve
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

8
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Balloon Rides. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner.

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Balloon Rides

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Marina Mirage (in Main Beach) and Circus Arts Gold Coast (in Nerang). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and wander the streets of West End.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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