23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h 30​min
4
Fingal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paronella Park and Helicopter Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Paronella Park, Mossman Gorge, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roma Street Parkland and Gallery of Modern Art. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary website .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jenolan Caves and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout & Bridal Veil Falls). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, stroll through Bondi Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Fingal

Fingal ©
Fingal is a rural locality of the Mornington Peninsula abutting Bass Strait along Gunnamatta Beach and lying between the suburbs of Rye and Cape Schanck. You've now added Peninsula Hot Springs to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): trek along Cape Schanck Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Rosebud Pier, and then soothe aching muscles at Peninsula Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, experience rural life at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock, then admire all the interesting features of The Two Bays Walking Track, and finally kick back and relax at Gunnamatta Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fingal travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Sydney to Fingal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Fingal, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Fingal

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trips

Cape Schanck, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Rosebud Pier, Cape Schanck Boardwalk
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The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Peninsula Hot Springs ©
Peninsula Hot Springs
Gunnamatta Beach ©
Gunnamatta Beach

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Lake Wendouree). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planning app .

You can drive from Fingal to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ballarat
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Balloon Rides
Rod Laver Arena ©
Rod Laver Arena
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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