33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Hanoi

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like State Library Victoria and Immigration Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online travel route builder.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Melbourne is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hanoi to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. May in Melbourne sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
State Library Victoria ©
State Library Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adelaide Zoo and Gorge Wildlife Park. Take a break from Adelaide with a short trip to Seppeltsfield in Seppeltsfield, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, make a trip to National War Memorial, Adelaide, take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Adelaide online attractions planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Seppeltsfield, Gorge Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Zoo ©
Adelaide Zoo
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament of Australia. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mr Spokes Bike Hire, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and admire the natural beauty at National Arboretum Canberra.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Adelaide to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Adelaide in May since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Chinese Garden of Friendship. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip app.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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 off the beaten path and head to Roma Street Parkland and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Venture out of the city with trips to Maleny Dairies (in Maleny) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Maleny Dairies, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Helicopter Tours and Funstuff by Lynda. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Helicopter Tours
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like State War Memorial and Little Creatures. Take a break from Perth with a short trip to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, examine the collection at Scitech, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Perth planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Perth in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in May: highs in Perth hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Take a break from Margaret River with a short trip to Jewel Cave in Augusta, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, take a leisurely stroll along Busselton Jetty, do a tasting at Pierro, and savor the flavors at Margaret River Chocolate Company.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River day trip planning tool.

Getting from Perth to Margaret River by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Moon Haven Natural Products, Busselton Jetty, Margaret River Chocolate Company, Gabriel Chocolate
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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