45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 12 nights
2
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 7 nights
4
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

12
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 10th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planning app .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in February, expect Melbourne to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to 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

11
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Blackheath (Day FIne Art & Gallery Blackheath) and Faulconbridge (Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum & Faulconbridge Cemetery). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfer's Paradise Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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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

11
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Port Douglas (Safaris, Opal Reef, & more) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in March since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 27°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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