36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Darwin

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Litchfield National Park (Helicopter Tours & Buley Rockhole) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 7th (Mon) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: cool off at Wave Lagoon, tour the water at your own pace with Offshore Boats, learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, and admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

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Manchester, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Darwin. In January, Darwin is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Litchfield National Park
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Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, browse the exhibits of This is Aboriginal Art, and steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Darwin in January: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Red Centre
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

5
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Oval. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis), Victor Harbor (Inman River Walk, Granite Island, & more) and Blowhole Beach (in Delamere). Dedicate the 17th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Adelaide Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and kick back and relax at Seacliff Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in January; daily highs in Adelaide reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Victor Harbor, Horseshoe Bay, Cleland Wildlife Park, Blowhole Beach, Morgan Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Granite Island ©
Granite Island

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and State Library of Victoria. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Melbourne Boat Hire, see the interesting displays at Federation Square, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planner .

Getting from Adelaide to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
State Library Victoria ©
State Library Victoria

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jenolan Caves and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls & Echo Point Lookout). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paronella Park and Botanical Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 30th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns route planner.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Paronella Park, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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