25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions planning app .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, stop by With Sugar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get interesting insight from Tours, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 78°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Canberra day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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