40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  225 h
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
train:  197 h 30 min
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: London

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 Tamarama Beach and Anzac Memorial. 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: Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail) and Sublime Point Lookout (in Bulli Tops). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Darling Harbour, wander the streets of King Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey maker.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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, Bronte Beach, Maroubra Beach, Sublime Point Lookout
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

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 Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Visit 13th Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Black Rock Beach (in Black Rock), Mordialloc Beach (in Mordialloc) and Aspendale Beach (in Aspendale). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Albanian Sakie Islamic Society and Mosque, and enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lonsdale Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 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, Black Rock Beach, Mount Martha Beach
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation 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. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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 Opal Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Natural Bridge and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to 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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