24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24 h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: London

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, make a trip to Block Arcade, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In February, Melbourne is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday maker app .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. You'll set off for Townsville on the 6th (Fri).
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Cairns Cenotaph ©
Cairns Cenotaph

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find out how to plan a trip to Townsville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip maker.

Getting from Townsville to Whitsunday Island by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You'll set off for Fraser Island on the 9th (Mon).

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 10th (Tue), explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then step aboard Maheno Wreck. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of flight, train, ferry, and car. In March, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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 13th (Fri): browse for treasures at Relove Oxley, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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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

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