Route & dates
49 days in Australia Itinerary
Fly: 22h 30min
Perth— 8 nights
Adelaide— 8 nights
Fly: 3h 15min
Melbourne— 8 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Sydney— 13 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Brisbane— 8 nights
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.Take a break from the city and head to Cottesloe Beach and Rockingham Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fremantle Markets and Caversham Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo), Herne Hill (Talijancich Wines & The House of Honey) and Fremantle (South Beach Recreation Reserve, The Chart & Map Shop, & more). There's still lots to do: stop by Penny Farthing Sweets, kick back and relax at Trigg Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Matilda Bay Reserve, and examine the collection at York Motor Museum.
To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip builder site .
Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.
Things to do in Perth
Fremantle, York, Trigg, Herne Hill, Matilda Bay Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 12:
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.For shopping fun, head to North Terrace or Maggie Beer's Farm Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Blowhole Beach and Carrickalinga Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), d'Arenberg Wines (in McLaren Vale) and Tanunda (Chateau Tanunda, Rockford Winery, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Henley Beach, examine the collection at National Motor Museum, identify plant and animal life at Gorge Wildlife Park, and steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill.
To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip planner.
Fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perth in January: highs in Adelaide hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Adelaide
Tanunda, Henley Beach, Nuriootpa, Carrickalinga Beach, National Motor Museum
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 20:
Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Melbourne Central. Shrine of Remembrance and The Gold Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat), Bells Beach (in Torquay) and St Anne's Winery (in Bacchus Marsh). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and look for gifts at Anglesea Surf Centre.
For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne route planner .
Getting from Adelaide to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Melbourne
Ballarat, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Anglesea Surf Centre, Bells Beach, St Anne's Winery
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 28:
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.Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coogee Beach and Palm Beach. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and The Bay Tree Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Wentworth Falls, & more). Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, wander the streets of The Rocks, and stroll through Shelly Beach.
For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner.
You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Sydney
Katoomba, Berrima, Seven Mile Beach National Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 10:
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.Visiting Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bulcock Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, and contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol.
For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .
Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Brisbane
Caloundra, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Surfer's Paradise Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses, Burleigh Head National Park
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 18:
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