35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doncaster
+2
train + subway + Fly:  31​h
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: Doncaster

8
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Doncaster, UK to Cairns is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from Doncaster in July, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kings Beach. Visit Fingal Head Lighthouse and Newstead House for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise), Marina Mirage (in Main Beach) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online journey builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
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 St John the Baptist Church and Garroorigang Historic Home. Go for a jaunt from Canberra to Wee Jasper to see Wee Jasper Reserves about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, find something for the whole family at Cockington Green, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, and engage your brain at Questacon.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Canberra in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, Canberra is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wee Jasper Reserves, Garroorigang Historic Home
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Wee Jasper Reserves ©
Wee Jasper Reserves
St John the Baptist Church ©
St John the Baptist Church
Garroorigang Historic Home ©
Garroorigang Historic Home

10
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley) and Bouddi National Park (in Killcare). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, get a sense of history and politics at Government House, steep yourself in history at Obelisk of 1870 to mark Captain Cook's Landing Place, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online route planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The National Pass, Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, Hartley Historic Village, Bouddi National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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