25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Geelong
Train:  1 h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Adelaide
— 1 night
train:  49 h
3
Darwin
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  16 h 30 min
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Sydney
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  8 h
End: Warrnambool

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then don't miss a visit to Collins St/Swanston St, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, then take a stroll through Melbourne Central, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne route planner.

Geelong to Melbourne is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Neighborhoods
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Balloon Rides
ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temple Day Spa as well as Skydiving. On the 3rd (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at Temple Day Spa.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide road trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. January in Adelaide sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Skydiving
Temple Day Spa ©
Temple Day Spa

2
nights
Darwin

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.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Mindil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Buley Rockhole and then take in the dramatic scenery at Florence Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin online road trip planner.

Fly from Adelaide to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Adelaide in January since evenings lows in Darwin dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Townsville tour builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Darwin to Townsville takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Townsville is 0.5 hours. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
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The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, stop by Underground Surf, then wander the streets of Hastings Street, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Noosa Farmers Market, then explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Townsville to Noosa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, Mount Coolum
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Birrunga Gallery & Dining.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planner.

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum
Birrunga Gallery & Dining ©
Birrunga Gallery & Dining

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge and Kirra Beach. Do your shopping at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast travel website.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

7
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.
Shop till you drop at Opal Minded and The Rocks Markets. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take an in-depth tour of Sydney Jewish Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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