38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinity Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get outdoors at Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns online vacation planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kings Beach and Moffat Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Main Range National Park (in Goomburra), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at GOMA, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochydore Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

7
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
We've included these beaches for you: Coolangatta Beach and Broken Head Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Tallow Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more), Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina) and Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Broken Head, Lighthouse Beach
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama) and Werri Beach (in Gerringong). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney online road trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Kiama Blowhole, Shelly Beach, Werri Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 29:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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.
Get in touch with nature at Eastern Beach Reserve and Melbourne Zoo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Art Gallery of Ballarat. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong), The Gold Museum (in Ballarat) and Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville). Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Ballarat, Healesville Sanctuary, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 5:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

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