27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
4
Stanthorpe
— 1 night
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
9
Perth
— 4 nights

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney journey builder app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney by Kayak
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, &more). And it doesn't end there: race across the water with Jetboat Extreme, relax and rejuvenate at Yanisa Therapy Beauty & Massage, and find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Stanthorpe.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Jetboat Extreme ©
Jetboat Extreme
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe ©
Stanthorpe is a town situated in south east Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Savina Lane Wines and then relax and rejuvenate at Mind Body Synergy - Ancient Hawaiian Temple Massage.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Stanthorpe visit planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Stanthorpe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Stanthorpe

Wineries Spas

Side Trip

Savina Lane Wines
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at Escape CQ, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, thensee the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Stanthorpe to Airlie Beach in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Helicopter Tours

4
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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online road trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Top Gun Tours (in West Swan) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, make a trip to Winthrop Hall, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get little chillier in Perth: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Jetsurf Perth, Top Gun Tours, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Top Gun Tours ©
Top Gun Tours
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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