26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Canberra
— 1 night
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly to Gold Coast, Bus to Surfers Paradise
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Surfers Paradise
— 2 nights
Bus to Gold Coast, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Perth
— 3 nights
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Sydney

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks Discovery Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Sydney is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

1
night
Canberra

The Bush Capital

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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Canberra online journey planner.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get little chillier in Canberra: highs are around 13°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums

6
nights
Melbourne

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery of Victoria and Old Melbourne Gaol. Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Chinese Australian History.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

2
nights
Surfers Paradise

Capital of the Gold Coast

The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Vincent's Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Surfers Paradise trip builder website.

Getting from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Surfers Paradise at 24°C and lows at 11°C. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and then get interesting insight from Venture Deeper.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online holiday builder.

Getting from Surfers Paradise to Port Douglas by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Surfers Paradise in July, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Get some historical perspective at St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Underart Gallery and Samurai Gallery Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Perth

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cottesloe Beach and Swan River. Get some cultural insight at Fremantle Prison and Art Gallery of Western Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle (The Fremantle Round House & WA Maritime Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, see the interesting displays at Motor Museum of Western Australia, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and stop by London Court.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Perth trip app.

Getting from Cairns to Perth by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in July, things will get slightly colder in Perth: highs are around 21°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.