20 days in Oceania & London Itinerary

20 days in Oceania & London Itinerary

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20 days in Oceania & London Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  25​h
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 30​min
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

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, sightseeing, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary builder.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Esplanade Boardwalk and Botanical Gardens. Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: cool off at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Airlie Beach, Australia

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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Sydney, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk and then enjoy a live performance at Sydney Opera House. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to London.

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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, nightlife, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our London vacation builder.

Getting from Sydney to London by flight takes about 25 hours. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to London due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in London reach 18°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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