8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Broadbeach
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and then kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip maker .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Broadbeach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Camp Cove ©
Camp Cove

2
nights
Broadbeach

Broadbeach
With its seemingly endless sandy beach, an abundance of things to do, and family-friendly atmosphere, Broadbeach ranks among the Gold Coast's top holiday destinations.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Broadbeach road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Broadbeach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Broadbeach can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Broadbeach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Surfer's Paradise Beach, David Fleay Wildlife Park
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation planning site .

Getting from Broadbeach to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than Broadbeach - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in September, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay
St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach

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