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:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park.

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

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. 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
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roma Street Parkland and Story Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Natural Bridge (in Springbrook), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip maker .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit 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, Historic Village Herberton, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and don't miss a visit to Ormiston Gorge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs day trip site .

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Alice Springs when traveling from Cairns in October, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, see where the action happens at Adelaide Oval, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide online trip builder .

Fly from Alice Springs to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in October, things will get little chillier in Adelaide: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park), Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong) and Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, engage your brain at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne tour planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in October, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to City Park and The Tamar Valley. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Moores Hill Estate (in Sidmouth), Bass Strait Maritime Centre (in Devonport) and World Of Marbles (in Sheffield). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Design Centre Tasmania, visit a coastal fixture at The Low Head Lighthouse, and identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Launceston sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Launceston reach 20°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Rowella, Low Head, Moores Hill Estate, Bay of Fires Winery, 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 ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nan Tien Temple and The Giant Stairway. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). See some other sides of Sydney: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, stroll through Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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You can fly from Launceston to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Launceston in November, with highs in Sydney at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nan Tien Temple, The Giant Stairway, Govetts Leap, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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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