43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  32​h
End: Cardiff

9
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Y Water Discovery Centre (in Yea) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Spend the 1st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning site .

Cardiff, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from Cardiff in February, plan for much hotter days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Y Water Discovery Centre, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 8:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines and Fyshwick Fresh Food Market. You'll explore and learn at Australian War Memorial and Questacon. Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Murrumbateman (Four Winds Vineyard & Clonakilla). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, admire the natural beauty at Australian National Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Mugga-Mugga Cottage, and explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canberra tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Canberra sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Murrumbateman, Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

11
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson), Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in March, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Logan Brae Orchard, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Shelly Beach, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 25:
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Get in touch with nature at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 1:
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Victoria Bridge Abutment are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Art on Cairncross or Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Fudgyboombahs (in Montville) and Maleny Cheese (in Maleny). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Caloundra Street Fair, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Fudgyboombahs, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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