29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Sydney
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney

7
days
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.
Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation maker tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

6
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 24th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Douglas.

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 28th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, and have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Myall Beach, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

5
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Esplanade Boardwalk

5
days
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Speed Boats Tours (in Main Beach). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings | Twin Featherz, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Brisbane reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Psychic Readings | Twin Featherz, Conondale National Park, Surfer's Paradise Beach
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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