39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 21 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  38​h
4
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

21
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Caves Beach and Shelly Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Palm Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, The Giant Stairway, & more) and Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques (in Hazelbrook). Dedicate the 26th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney journey planner.

If you are flying in from Denmark, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath, Berrima, Wollongong
Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 16:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 17th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Free Serbian Orthodox Church St George, contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, and then stop by Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Canberra Centre, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St John the Baptist Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Canberra. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
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National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines ©
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

3
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then stop by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel route planner .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Melbourne. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, then see the interesting displays at 1934 Qantas Hangar, and finally hunt for treasures at Rapid Creek Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin and then look for gifts at Aboriginal Bush Traders.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Darwin takes 38 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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Mbantua Fine Art Gallery ©
Mbantua Fine Art Gallery
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Tjanpi Desert Weavers, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, examine the collection at Hartley Street School Museum, explore the world behind art at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Jila Arts, and finally view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Aboriginal Australia Culture Centre, take an in-depth tour of National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, then view the masterpieces at Talapi, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in April, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Talapi ©
Talapi
Yubu Napa Art Gallery ©
Yubu Napa Art Gallery

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, then look for gifts at Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Alice Springs in April, with lows around 26°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Norah Head Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Avalon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Sydney, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally stroll through Maroubra Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in April: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Norah Head Lighthouse, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Maroubra Beach, Avalon Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Maroubra Beach ©
Maroubra Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

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