25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia planner

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 1 night
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Bundaberg
— 1 night
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Mackay
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas
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Melbourne

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Werribee Open Range Zoo and Royal Botanic Gardens. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary tool.

Adelaide to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Melbourne. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Adelaide in September since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 13th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and finally play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Brisbane and see City Botanic Gardens, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, get outside with Pelican Feeding, cool off at Dreamworld, and kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast tour builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast is minus 0.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Noosa

— 1 night
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 18th (Fri), cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Noosa vacation maker.

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Noosa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bundaberg

— 1 night
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alexandra Park Zoo, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bundaberg Library.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bundaberg travel planning tool.

Drive from Noosa to Bundaberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bundaberg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Mackay

— 1 night
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Bucasia Beach, then cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, and then make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mackay online holiday planner.

You can fly from Bundaberg to Mackay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bundaberg in September since evenings lows in Mackay dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy some diversion at Figtree Playground, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns sightseeing planner.

Fly from Mackay to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, get outside with Horses in Port, and stop by With Sugar.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planning tool.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.