26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
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 much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online route planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and finally get great views at The Three Sisters.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Katoomba, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Bilpin Cider Company, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. April in Sydney sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and get outside with The Pinnacles.

Plan my trip to Fraser Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
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 ©
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Kuniya Walk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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