40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anzac Memorial and Sydney Jewish Museum. Let the collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales and HARS Aviation Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Sublime Point Lookout (in Bulli Tops) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tamarama Beach, wander the streets of King Street, enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey maker.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bondi, Shellharbour, Sublime Point Lookout, Maroubra Beach, Bronte Beach
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Anzac Memorial ©
Anzac Memorial
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barwon Park and Albanian Sakie Islamic Society and Mosque. Visit Point Lonsdale Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Mordialloc Beach (in Mordialloc), Black Rock Beach (in Black Rock) and Aspendale Beach (in Aspendale). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, trek along Kevin Hoffman Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cowes Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cowes, Point Lonsdale, Lara, Mordialloc Beach, Barwon Park
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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Barwon Park ©
Barwon Park

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.
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Spy & Camera Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Yungaburra to see The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, Spy & Camera Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum ©
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queensland Maritime Museum and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Explore hidden gems such as Natural Bridge and Queensland Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach). Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, and examine the collection at Opal Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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