27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Boise
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Boise

3
nights
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.
Visit St Peter's Cathedral and The Cedars for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Henley Beach and Art Gallery of South Australia. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Granite Island (in Victor Harbor) and Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach). The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, do a tasting at National Wine Centre of Australia, and take a stroll through North Terrace.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide tour itinerary maker.

Boise, USA to Adelaide is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Boise in September: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 65°F and lows are around 49°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Granite Island, Aldinga Beach, Henley Beach, The Cedars
Highlights from your plan
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. Old Melbourne Gaol and Wesley Church Melbourne will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in September, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mosman, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
You'll explore and learn at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Relax by the water at Mooloolaba Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse (in Coolangatta) and Robina Town Centre (in Robina). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Queensland Performing Arts Centre and explore the different monuments and memorials at South Brisbane Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trail Bike Adventures. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Historic Village Herberton. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Four Mile Beach). The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns online attractions planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling

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