40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  225​h
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
train:  197​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and First Fleet Park. Relax by the water at Bronte Beach and Shelly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail) and Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong). There's much more to do: stroll through Manly Beach, explore the world behind art at Customs House, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder website .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

First Fleet Park, Shelly Beach, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Bronte Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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 a sense of the local culture at William Ricketts Sanctuary and St Paul's Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, William Ricketts Sanctuary
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St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park and Skydiving. Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Skydiving
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park ©

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.
Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queensland Maritime Museum and Queensland Art Gallery. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Opal Museum, get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane, and get curious at ScienCentre.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane sightseeing planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, Brisbane is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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