23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Glass House Mountains
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
9
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
11
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
12
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London


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3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Melbourne to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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 7th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then get your game on at Breakr, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Canberra sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Fun & Games
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 8th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and finally get great views at The Three Sisters. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, explore and take pictures at The National Pass, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Leura trip planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Leura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Leura, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Gallery Blackheath
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): do a tasting at Leogate Estate Wines, do a tasting at Waverley Estate, then learn about winemaking at Harkham Wines, and finally do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pokolbin trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Leura to Pokolbin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Pokolbin sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines

3
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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip tool .

Getting from Pokolbin to Sydney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 14th (Tue), cool off at WetSide Water Park, look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Glass House Mountains.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Le Petit Chocolatier ©
Le Petit Chocolatier

1
night
Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains
To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glass House Mountains route site .

Drive from Hervey Bay to Glass House Mountains in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Glass House Mountains are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 15th (Wed), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Glass House Mountains

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker app .

You can drive from Glass House Mountains to Gold Coast in 2 hours. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay travel itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in January since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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