36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, and make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sylvan Beach and Red Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Woorim Beach and Bribie Island Golf Club.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bribie Island driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Bribie Island. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Bribie Island reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House
Bribie Island Golf Club ©
Bribie Island Golf Club

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach, take in the waterfront at North Gorge Walk, and then kick back and relax at Amity Point Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Brown Lake, then explore the engaging exhibits at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, then stroll the grounds of Dunwich Cemetery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cylinder Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the North Stradbroke Island tour planning website .

Drive from Bribie Island to North Stradbroke Island in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery
Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. Venture out of the city with trips to Daisy Hill Conservation Park (in Daisy Hill) and Victoria Point Reserve (in Victoria Point). There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, enjoy some diversion at 7th Brigade Park, and identify plant and animal life at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from North Stradbroke Island to Brisbane takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Victoria Point Reserve, Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Victoria Point Reserve ©
Victoria Point Reserve

8
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Visiting Manly Beach and The National Pass will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, stroll through Freshwater Beach, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Dee Why Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Sydney are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Sydney Harbour National Park, The National Pass
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

9
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Parliament House of Victoria. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and The Great Ocean Road. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Woodlands Historic Park (in Greenvale) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central, and get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Melbourne journey planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Melbourne. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Koala Conservation Centre, Woodlands Historic Park, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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