26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Yulara
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Brisbane
— Few hours
Fly:  5 h
9
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
10
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  2 h 30 min
11
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
12
Daintree
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
13
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25 h
End: London

4
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker site.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, Sydney is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 2nd (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, thenmake a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, and finally kick back and relax at Bagnalls Beach Reserve. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head and then stroll through Toboggan Hill Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nelson Bay day trip planning tool.

Getting from Sydney to Nelson Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bagnalls Beach Reserve, Tomaree Head
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hike along The Giant Stairway, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, thenappreciate the history behind The Road Builders Memorial, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, thenget great views at Echo Point Lookout, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Katoomba trip planner.

Drive from Nelson Bay to Katoomba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 6th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, thenlook for gifts at Australian By Design, and finally make a trip to Block Arcade.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne vacation website.

You can fly from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Katoomba in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Yulara.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

2
nights
Yulara

Yulara ©
Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
Get out of town with these interesting Yulara side-trips: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Discover how to plan a Yulara trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Yulara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yulara. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Yulara to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip builder.

Getting from Yulara to Brisbane by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Yulara to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yulara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stop by Podie Pie.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Podie Pie, Wirreanda Park
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Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast ©
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

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hours
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brisbane trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Mooloolaba to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 13th (Wed), stop by Beach Book Boutique, thenkick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Beach Book Boutique ©
Beach Book Boutique

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island road trip tool.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 16th (Sat), head outdoors with Jetryder, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island.

For maps and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Daintree.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Daintree online trip planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Daintree in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Daintree are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Daintree

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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Sydney

Sydney
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, thenadmire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of El Alamein Memorial Fountain and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Daintree to Sydney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Daintree in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

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