26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Toronto

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Australia Zoo in Beerwah, approximately Beerwah away. There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route builder website.

Toronto, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Brisbane is 15 hours. Traveling from Toronto in October, expect Brisbane to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast holiday maker site.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, visit The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary app.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Breakr, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip planning website.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Canberra to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Adelaide Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, appreciate the history behind The Rundle Mall Pigs, then look for gifts at Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, and finally hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip site.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Adelaide are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

2
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.
Darwin is known for museums, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Darwin route planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Adelaide in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 39°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Cairns is little chillier than Darwin - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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