23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
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Perth
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, wander the streets of West End, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane planner.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

1
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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 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast visit planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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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.
Sydney Opera House and Australian Centre for Photography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Mary's Cathedral and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, visit Darling Harbour, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

3
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Step off the beaten path and head to St Paul's Cathedral and Degraves Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong) and Spas (in Daylesford). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

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Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

2
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Alice Springs

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs road trip planning app.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. September in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Perth tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Perth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. On the 26th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

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.