28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
2
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
3
Adelaide
— 2 nights
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
7
Brisbane
— 4 nights
8
Darwin
— 2 nights
9
Cairns
— 2 nights

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, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker app.

Toronto, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Toronto in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 9th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island day trip website.

Getting from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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.
Adelaide is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and meet the residents at Adelaide Zoo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide road trip tool.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours · Wineries · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at Australian Academy of Science, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in October, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast holiday planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Australia Zoo in Beerwah--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Brisbane to Darwin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Darwin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route maker tool.

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Cairns is 0.5 hours. In October, Cairns is little chillier than Darwin - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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