29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Four Mile Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Visit Kings Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Greenmount Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), Tugun Beach (in Tugun) and Coolangatta (Kirra Beach & Coolangatta Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Tugun Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Broken Head Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bilgola Beach, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Dedicate the 16th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
We've included these beaches for you: Cottesloe Beach and Trigg Beach. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, get great views at Elizabeth Quay, and get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perth online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach, Trigg Beach, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Trigg Beach ©
Trigg Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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