28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Alice Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Adelaide
— 1 night
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Head to Fremantle Markets and Red Dirt Photographicfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Cottesloe Beach and Caversham Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo) and Jadran Wines (in Orange Grove). The adventure continues: stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Trowbridge Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Perth travel itinerary planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Perth is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May, expect Perth to be colder, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, Red Dirt Photographic, Jadran Wines, Mullaloo Beach
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

1
day
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 22nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, view the masterpieces at This is Aboriginal Art, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at Talapi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Alice Springs. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
This is Aboriginal Art ©
This is Aboriginal Art

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 23rd (Thu), hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, take a stroll through Rundle Mall, look for gifts at Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, then identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Parade Norwood.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Adelaide, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
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Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Rundle Mall
Rundle Mall

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stop by Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, and browse the different shops at Melbourne's GPO - Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Adelaide in May since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Sydney Harbour National Park and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
For shopping fun, head to Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre or Relove Oxley. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, stroll through Moffat Beach, stop by Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker app .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Visiting Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Crocosaurus Cove. Do your shopping at Provenance Arts and Nomad Art Gallery. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach and view the masterpieces at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in June, you will find days in Darwin are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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