23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 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

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Agincourt Reef
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 10th (Thu), examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, then take a stroll through West End, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), 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).

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip maker .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
West End ©
West End
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online route builder .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Degraves Street and Melbourne Museum. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Daylesford to see Spas about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, steep yourself in history at St Paul's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
Spas
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, see Off-Road Tours, and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 22nd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): get great views at 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 where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. In September in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Perth online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Perth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Alice Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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