20 days in Oceania & London Itinerary

20 days in Oceania & London Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  25 h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
2
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
3
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  25 h
5
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and browse the collection at State Library Victoria.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip website.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

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 Botanical Gardens and Esplanade Lagoon Pool. Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Airlie Beach, Australia

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
On the 27th (Wed), go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk and then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney visit website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and don't miss a visit to Tower of London.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our London tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sydney to London in 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in London reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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