26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

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.
Relax by the water at Bronte Beach and Lady Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Terrigal Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls, Bronte Beach, Terrigal Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

3
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at William Ricketts Sanctuary and Shrine of Remembrance. St Paul's Cathedral and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria, admire the masterpieces at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and identify plant and animal life at St Kilda beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heide Museum of Modern Art, William Ricketts Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
ArtVo ©
ArtVo

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nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. David's Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Sullivans Cove, stroll through Kingston Beach, take an in-depth tour of Narryna Heritage Museum, then steep yourself in history at Shene Tasmania, and finally do a tasting at Moorilla Estate Winery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Moorilla Estate Winery, Kingston Beach, Shene Tasmania, The Wicked Cheese Co.
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Sullivans Cove ©
Sullivans Cove

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.
On the 24th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, get engrossed in the history at State Library of South Australia, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, get a taste of the local shopping with Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, then wander the streets of Rundle Mall, and finally take a stroll through North Terrace. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Paxton Wines, learn about winemaking at Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Cellar Door and Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at The Rundle Mall Pigs, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Adelaide itinerary website .

You can fly from Hobart to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in August, Adelaide is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

McLaren Vale
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:
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Migration Museum
Migration Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace ©
North Terrace

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Parndana Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Seal Bay Conservation Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards, relax in the rural setting at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Island Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Visiting Uluru and Walpa Gorge will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, hike along Kuniya Walk, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit app .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 18.5 hours. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hill Inlet and Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Whitsunday Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Whitsunday Island. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Glass House Mountains National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Glass House Mountains National Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Glass House Mountains National Park ©

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