32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip tool .

If you are flying in from Austria, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 28:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Relax by the water at Horseshoe Bay and Aldinga Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore South Australian Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia. Step out of Adelaide to go to Delamere and see Blowhole Beach, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Adelaide travel planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aldinga Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park, Blowhole Beach, Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Sacred India Gallery and Illusionary Art. Step out of the city life by going to Caversham Wildlife Park and Mandurah Cruises. Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Prison, The Shipwreck Galleries, & more) and All Saints Anglican Church (in Belhus). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perth Zoo, and appreciate the history behind The Bell Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth route builder app .

Fly from Adelaide to Perth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Adelaide in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle, Illusionary Art, Perth Zoo, All Saints Anglican Church, Mandurah Cruises
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 7:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Daintree Discovery Centre. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Daintree Entomological museum (in Cape Tribulation), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Safaris). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Perth to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Daintree Entomological museum
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

7
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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian Centre for Photography. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Pulpit Rock Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 20:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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