25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Canberra
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 14th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner.

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 97°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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Melbourne

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.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. In December, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Canberra

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 28th (Sat), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Parliament of Australia.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Canberra day trip planning website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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Sydney

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 is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, stroll through Bondi Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Brisbane

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning app.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough 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
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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