26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Byron Bay
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Melbourne — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and Steavenson Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Jan Juc Beach (in Jan Juc), Settler's Run Golf (in Cranbourne) and Bells Beach (in Torquay). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanging Rock Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and admire the masterpieces at ArtVo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Brisbane to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Long Reef Point and Freshwater Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bronte Beach and Whale Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Avalon Beach (in Avalon Beach), North Narrabeen Beach (in Narrabeen) and Mona Vale Beach (in Mona Vale). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Barangaroo Foreshore Walk, trek along Walking Trail To Chowder Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, and kick back and relax at Wanda Beach.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 5 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Main Beach Yamba and Cabarita Beach. Escape the urban bustle at The Pass Beach and Pippi Beach. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Mount Warning Summit Trail (in Mount Warning), Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville) and Turners Beach (in Yamba). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, stroll through Spooky Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and get great views at Fisherman's Lookout.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip builder app.

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, take a tour by water with Hook-A-Barra, then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in May, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Cape Tribulation — 2 nights

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Alexandra Lookout. On the next day, stroll through Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation tour planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. May in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Visiting Babinda Boulders and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Skydiving and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Curtain Fig National Park in Yungaburra, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, look for gifts at WetRez, contemplate the waterfront views at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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