25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, get lost in a book at State Library Victoria, and take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online day trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

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

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in October since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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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, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Myall Beach & Marrdja Botanical Walk) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner.

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
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 parks, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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