40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  225​h
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
train:  197​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Jewish Museum and Anzac Memorial. Relax by the water at Bronte Beach and Clovelly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Sublime Point Lookout (in Bulli Tops) and Albion Park Rail (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society & HARS Aviation Museum). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroubra Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder website .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Albion Park Rail, Sublime Point Lookout, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach, Maroubra Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Relax by the water at 13th Beach and Point Lonsdale Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Phillip Island Wildlife Park and Cape Woolamai Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Mordialloc Beach (in Mordialloc), Aspendale Beach (in Aspendale) and Black Rock Beach (in Black Rock). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, kick back and relax at Mount Martha Beach, stroll through Safety Beach, and hike along Kevin Hoffman Walk.

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

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cowes, Point Lonsdale, Lara, 13th Beach, Mount Martha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Barwon Park ©
Barwon Park

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Skydiving. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Spy & Camera Museum, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Queensland Maritime Museum and Anthea Polson Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Natural Bridge (in Springbrook) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Opal Museum, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Brisbane are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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