Route & dates
36 days in Australia Itinerary
Darwin— 8 nights
Brisbane— 7 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Sydney— 8 nights
Fly: 7h 15min
Perth— 8 nights
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Outback Capital of the Northern Territory
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.Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Adelaide River War Cemetery and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Litchfield National Park and Florence Falls. Explore Darwin's surroundings by going to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Litchfield National Park (Buley Rockhole & Wangi Falls). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the water at your own pace with Spirit of Darwin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin.
To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin visit planner.
Glasgow, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Glasgow to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in January; daily highs in Darwin reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Darwin
Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 15:
Australia's New World City
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.Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Head National Park and Natural Bridge. Visit Kirra Beach and Bulcock Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: stroll through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, view the masterpieces at Montville Art Gallery, visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).
To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip tool .
Traveling by flight from Darwin to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Darwin in January: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Brisbane
Gold Coast, Caloundra, Montville Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Scuba & Snorkeling
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The Harbour City
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.Visit Manly Beach and Shelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Beach and Werri Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .
Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.
Things to do in Sydney
Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Werri Beach
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City of Light
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.Explore hidden gems such as Cottesloe Beach and Mettam's Pool. We've included these beaches for you: Rockingham Beach and South Beach Recreation Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Peron (in Rockingham), Mandurah (Waterskiing & Jetskiing & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). On the 2nd (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perth Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Basilica, and take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout.
To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Perth day trip planning site .
You can fly from Sydney to Perth in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Perth is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect nights in Perth to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Perth
Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham, Mullaloo Beach, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 8:
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