28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Adelaide
— 2 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
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Albany
— 2 nights
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Margaret River
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Cove Beach and Billy Tea Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Barron Falls (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Cairns. In February, Cairns is warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Adelaide

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through North Terrace, stroll through Waterfall Gully, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleland Wildlife Park, and finally look for gifts at Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, then learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide online travel planner.

Getting from Cairns to Adelaide by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns to Adelaide, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in February, expect Adelaide to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kangaroo Island

— 3 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Off-Road Tours. Get outdoors at Raptor Domain and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, look for gifts at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island road trip planning website.

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Albany

— 2 nights
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, stroll through Little Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Emu Point.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Albany day trip tool.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. In February in Albany, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Margaret River

— 4 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Hamelin Bay Jetty will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Hamelin Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough) and Yallingup Beach (in Yallingup). There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, Head underground at Lake Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River online travel route planner.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Fri), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and finally kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Margaret River to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Margaret River to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobart

— 3 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo will get you outdoors. Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hobart vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: highs in Hobart hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Visit Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Clovelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder website.

Fly from Hobart to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and then stroll through Kurrawa Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast route planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.