36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Launceston
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Photography Tours
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roma Street Parkland and Eagle Street Pier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Natural Bridge (in Springbrook). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in the views from Story Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier
Story Bridge ©
Story Bridge

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Village Herberton and Atherton Tablelands. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & St Mary’s by The Sea chapel). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, take an in-depth tour of National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery.

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Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, Alice Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval, and then hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

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Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in October, things will get a bit cooler in Adelaide: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
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Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Daylesford (Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens & Lake Daylesford), Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Adelaide to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Daylesford, Eastern Beach Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

5
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like City Park and The Tamar Valley. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to World Of Marbles (in Sheffield), Bass Strait Maritime Centre (in Devonport) and Moores Hill Estate (in Sidmouth). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, admire the landmark architecture of Franklin House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Launceston trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Launceston by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Launceston to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Low Head, Rowella, Moores Hill Estate, Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chinese Garden of Friendship and Everglades Historic House and Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: The Giant Stairway (in Katoomba), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). Enjoy Sydney some more: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Launceston to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In November, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Launceston - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Giant Stairway, Nan Tien Temple, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
Speed Boats Tours

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