40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly + train:  25​h
End: Bournemouth

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 8th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne journey builder website .

Bournemouth, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bournemouth in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

10
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 find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bilpin Cider Company, Lincoln's Rock
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get outside with Watersports Guru, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane holiday maker .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach, SunJet Simulations, Watersports Guru
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Ross and Locke Park (in Little Mulgrave). Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Ross and Locke Park, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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