26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  2​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
End: Melbourne

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Parliament House of Victoria and Cooks' Cottage for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and stroll around Fitzroy Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online holiday planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Opal Museum and Nepalese Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane visit website .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum
Nepalese Pagoda ©
Nepalese Pagoda

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Nature Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne
For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 17°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

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