33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Dublin


2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 19th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

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Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. While traveling from Dublin, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mugga-Mugga Cottage and Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. Get in touch with nature at Lake Burley Griffin and Floriade. Step out of Canberra with an excursion to Gundog Cork Street Cellar in Gundaroo--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, explore the striking landscape of Australian National Botanic Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at St John the Baptist Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Canberra driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Gundog Cork Street Cellar, Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Mugga-Mugga Cottage ©
Mugga-Mugga Cottage

8
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba), Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's much more to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, and contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Logan Brae Orchard, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 31:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Byron Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah. Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Thomgallery (in Byron Bay), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and tour the water at your own pace with Sunrise Sailing Charters.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, O'Reillys Birds of Prey
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Visit Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns road trip site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Darwin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Darwin are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Fremantle Prison.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Perth day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Perth is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Darwin in January since evenings lows in Perth dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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