Best of Melbourne

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Melbourne
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, on the northern banks of the Yarra River, the city is laid out in a large rectangle, making it easy to explore its lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Take a walking tour of the street art in the Lanes and Arcades or leave the city, driving the Great Ocean Road out to the Twelve Apostles or visiting the little penguins of Phillip Island.

Previous kimkim travelers have taken a look at the city through some more specific perspectives. Take the Melbourne Jewish life tour to learn about the city’s Jewish community via historic sites and neighborhood hangouts, sampling local versions of traditional food and visiting synagogues, museums, and other cultural institutions. Or get a little rowdy at a private Aussie Rules Day experience, where you’ll take in a football match (soccer to Americans) to see what all the fuss is about as you share a meat pie and beer while learning the rules and tactics of the game and, of course, the words to your adopted team’s anthem.
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Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Map of Foodie Highlights of Melbourne - 6 Days
Foodie Highlights of Melbourne - 6 Days

Eat and drink your way through Australia's second city on this delicious, six-day introduction to Melbourne. Admire the modern skyline from a scenic river cruise, see the wineries of the Yarra Valley by hot air balloon, and taste the many flavors of Queen Victoria Market on a food lover's walking tour. As the trip winds down, you'll escape to the coast for an unforgettable drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

See Hokitika's famous Pancake Rocks on the west coast of New Zealand
Map of New Zealand South Island Road Trip & Melbourne - 10 Days
New Zealand South Island Road Trip & Melbourne - 10 Days

Discover the natural wonders of New Zealand and Australia on this 10-day road trip. Start with scenic drives across New Zealand's South Island, stopping to marvel at pancake rocks and tour glittering glowworm caves. You'll take a heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier and sail the UNESCO-listed Milford Sound / Piopiotahi before jetting to Australia. Here, adventures include touring the iconic Great Ocean Road to admire its dramatic sea stacks and soaring over Melbourne in a hot-air balloon.

Take a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands to see Heart Reef, followed by a sunset sail
Map of Romantic Australia Tour of Melbourne & the Great Barrier Reef - 7 Days
Romantic Australia Tour of Melbourne & the Great Barrier Reef - 7 Days

Perfect for couples, this weeklong Aussie trip combines city culture with an island paradise. Kick off the trip in Melbourne, where you'll explore the city's charming laneways and Great Ocean Road. Then, feel the enchantment of a hot-air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley before flying north to car-free Hamilton Island. Here, you'll soar above Heart Reef and sip Champagne during a sunset cruise. Finish the adventure by snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and playing a round of golf on an island setting.

Australia's Twelve Apostles
Map of Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days
Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days

On this five-day self-drive trip, explore the coastal capital city of Melbourne and then hit the open road. One of Victoria's most scenic drives, Great Ocean Road provides plenty of exciting pit stops—explore the surfing town of Bells Beach, discover the waterfalls of Lorne, zipline through the Otway Ranges, and visit The Twelve Apostles rock formations. On the way back to Melbourne, do some sightseeing in Ballarat, known for its Gold Rush heritage and indigenous art.

 Locals and tourist enjoying dining on Centre Place Melbourne
Map of Sydney & Melbourne: Best Itinerary Ideas
Sydney & Melbourne: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Australia typically plan a trip for eight to 10 days when combining both Sydney and Melbourne with Cairns. For travelers wanting to visit Sydney and Melbourne exclusively, plan seven to nine days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as six days. Check out kimkim's favorite Sydney and Melbourne trips below.

Kids surfing in Australia
Map of Melbourne & Sydney for Families - 7 Days
Melbourne & Sydney for Families - 7 Days

This week-long Australia itinerary is perfect for families who want to experience a mix of Melbourne and Sydney's top sights with two classic Aussie day trips. Practice your surf skills in Melbourne before getting up close and personal with the penguins, kangaroos, and koalas of Phillip Island. Pan for gold and cry eureka as you go back in time at Sovereign Hill. Hang ten at Bondi Beach in Sydney before an adrenaline-filled day at Luna Park, followed by a lunch cruise around Sydney's iconic harbor.

City lights over Sydney's Circular Quay
Map of Tale of Two Aussie Cities: Sydney & Melbourne - 7 Days
Tale of Two Aussie Cities: Sydney & Melbourne - 7 Days

Australia's two greatest cities—Sydney and Melbourne—are like competitive siblings. Both are charming, vibrant, and interesting places to live and explore, and each has an entirely different personality to discover. With this seven-day itinerary, you'll spend a week experiencing the two with a series of immersive cultural and culinary experiences. Beyond the city limits, this itinerary includes special day trips to the Blue Mountains, Phillip Island, and the Great Ocean Road.

Take in the warm morning light on Melbourne's high-rise buildings across the Yarra River
Map of Ultimate Melbourne,  Sydney & Queenstown Tour - 12 Days
Ultimate Melbourne, Sydney & Queenstown Tour - 12 Days

This moderately active multicountry tour covers three fantastic cities Down Under and their scenic outskirts: Melbourne, Sydney, and Queenstown. Kick off in Australia's capital of culture, Melbourne, with guided excursions to the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Then jet off to Sydney and take in the sights by bike, bridge climb, and harbor cruise. Finish in New Zealand's South Island with a luxury tour to Milford Sound to round out this world-class adventure.

A quick flight from Adelaide takes you to Kangaroo Island, a protected haven for wildlife
Map of Southern Australia Luxury Tour:  Melbourne, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island - 7 Days
Southern Australia Luxury Tour: Melbourne, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island - 7 Days

Experience the best nature, food, and culture with this luxurious weeklong adventure that checks off Australia's southern highlights. Join private foodie tours in Melbourne and Adelaide, experience a heartwarming penguin encounter on Phillip Island, cycle through Melbourne's vibrant neighborhoods, and escape to Kangaroo Island's pristine wilderness for an overnight jaunt.

Toast to your future while sampling local wines in Hunter Valley
Map of Australia's Ultimate Honeymoon for Food & Wine Lovers - 7 Days
Australia's Ultimate Honeymoon for Food & Wine Lovers - 7 Days

This indulgent Australian honeymoon is designed for lovers of all things gourmet. Begin your romantic journey in Sydney, where you'll board a luxurious yacht and climb the iconic Harbour Bridge at night. Then, in Melbourne, dive into laneway culture and cafés and sample the progressive restaurant scene. Beyond the cities, taste the vineyard-dotted landscapes of the Hunter Valley, traverse the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas, and drive along the scenic Great Ocean Road for photo ops.

Melbourne
Map of Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

Embark on an eight-day adventure down Australia's marvelous southeastern coast. Begin with city tours of Melbourne, an eclectic coastal capital quickly emerging as a tourism hotspot. Then get behind the wheel for an unforgettable road trip down the famous Great Ocean Road, which stretches for 150 miles (241 km) amid golden beaches and unspoiled natural parks. In these natural wonderlands, you'll enjoy outdoor adventures and First Nations culture in equal measure.

Federation Square in Melbourne
Map of Urban Australia - 8 Days
Urban Australia - 8 Days

Visit three cities of Australia with this eight-day itinerary. You'll start off in Sydney, where you can enjoy both the bustling downtown and coastal cliff walk, then head to Melbourne to explore its artsy alleyways, museums, and cafes alongside the wildlife of the Yarra Valley. Finish off in Hobart, Tasmania, to learn about its history and art scene.

Discover the rugged terrain of the Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia
Map of Southern Australia Road Trip: Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Phillip Island & Adelaide - 8 Days
Southern Australia Road Trip: Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Phillip Island & Adelaide - 8 Days

This eight-day self-drive itinerary takes you on a road trip across southern Australia, combining spectacular nature with cosmopolitan city stops. Kick off in creative Melbourne before hitting the road for Phillip Island to meet the wild penguins. Next, drive the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles from land and the sky (on a scenic helicopter tour). Continue to vibrant Adelaide, then onto the rugged Grampians mountains. See ancient Aboriginal art and Ballarat's gold rush history before handing over the car keys.

End your adventure in Melbourne, Australia's "cultural capital"
Map of Australia Luxury City Tour: Sydney & Melbourne - 7 Days
Australia Luxury City Tour: Sydney & Melbourne - 7 Days

Get a taste of Australia's two greatest cities with a week of urban adventures, private day trips, and stylish 5-star hotels. This perfectly-paced luxury trip starts in Sydney, where you'll tick off iconic landmarks, meet Aussie animals, and connect with Aboriginal culture. Then, switch to Melbourne, the creative capital, where you'll dive into the food scene, leave your mark during a street art masterclass, and meet the penguins at Phillip Island.

Experience the Whitsundays' soft white sand in north Queensland
Map of East Coast Australia: Sydney, Melbourne & the Whitsundays - 13 Days
East Coast Australia: Sydney, Melbourne & the Whitsundays - 13 Days

Over almost two weeks, you'll explore the best of Australia's favorite cities and unwind in a tropical island paradise. Starting in Sydney, explore the city's iconic sights on a sunset cruise, then connect with Aboriginal culture on a bush tucker tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Fly south to explore Melbourne's incredible food scene and street art, and take day trips along the Great Ocean Road. Finally, skip north to Hamilton Island, your gateway to the stunning Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

View of Sydney, Australia at Sunset
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days

This trip to Australia starts in Melbourne with city exploration, a scenic drive along Great Ocean Road, and a visit to the penguins of Phillip Island. Head to the center of the country to explore Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, with sunrise hikes through the national park, stargazing tours, and the Field of Light art exhibit. End your trip in Sydney, where you'll cruise the harbor, tour historic neighborhoods, visit nearby beaches, and explore the Blue Mountains.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Map of Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 10 Days
Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure through Australia, discover four cities, along with several scenic day trips. Begin in Sydney to tour landmarks and areas like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, and Bondi Beach, along with an excursion to the stunning Blue Mountains region. Then, enjoy a quick day in Cairns for an Indigenous experience, followed by two days in Gold Coast to tour the beaches and enjoy some thrills. The vacation ends in Melbourne to visit the funky pub scene, embark on a wildlife tour of Phillip Island, and take a guided road trip through Great Ocean Road.

Drive Australia's Great Ocean Road and checkout iconic sites like the Twelve Apostles
Map of Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & the Grampians - 9 Days
Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & the Grampians - 9 Days

Feel the freedom of the open road as you wind your way along Australia's most iconic coastal drive. This nine-day Aussie itinerary gives you three days on the Great Ocean Road, soaking up views of the famous Twelve Apostles and more. The journey begins and ends in Melbourne, stopping by the Grampians mountain range and the historic gold rush town of Ballarat. Buckle up for a memorable Australian adventure.

Lie out on Bondi Beach
Map of Classic Australia: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 12 Days
Classic Australia: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 12 Days

Leave no stone unturned on this epic 12-day adventure that covers the best of southern, northern, and southeastern Australia. You'll journey from the up-and-coming city of Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road, followed by a trip to the mystical rock formations dotting the arid deserts of the Red Centre. End the trip in Sydney, where you'll explore this handsome metropolis on city tours, boat tours, and beach excursions—you'll even take a day trip to the rugged Blue Mountains.

Sydney
Map of Best of Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns - 7 Days
Best of Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip to Australia, experience three different cities and several landmarks along the way. Begin in Melbourne, where you can enjoy local sightseeing, then travel the Great Ocean Road, which hosts scenic lookouts like The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard. The next stop is Sydney, which includes a pub crawl and a day trip to the stunning Blue Mountains. The final leg takes you to Cairns, where the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park awaits, as well as a memorable finale at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Spend time with the native wildlife on Kangaroo Island
Map of Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney & Cairns - 10 Days
Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney & Cairns - 10 Days

This 10-day Aussie adventure combines outdoor excursions with memorable city tours. Start on the streets of up-and-coming Melbourne, followed by a memorable drive on the Great Ocean Road. Next is Adelaide and wildlife-spotting at Kangaroo Island, a trip to Sydney and the Blue Mountains, then Cairns and the grand finale: sailing the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Watch the sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Map of Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 10 Days
Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 10 Days

Cover the highlights on this 10-day tour that perfectly combines urban exploration with outdoor excursions starting in the cultural capital of Melbourne—a great jumping-off point to explore nearby Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Venture into the "Red Center" to visit the iconic Ayers Rock before flying out to tropical Cairns to cuddle with a koala and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. End your stay with a Sydney city tour and a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park.

Koala relaxes in a conservation park
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 13 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure kicks off in Melbourne, which has officially been christened as the cultural capital of Australia. Discover the city's bohemian laneways and take road trips down the scenic Great Ocean Road before heading north to the outback for a sunrise tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock), a sacred site to the First Nations people. Continue to tropical Queensland to venture to the outskirts of the Great Barrier Reef, then finish the tour in stylish Sydney with guided excursions of its iconic city sights.

Bondi Beach
Map of Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days

On this two-week journey to Australia and New Zealand, adventure through four cities and several iconic landmarks. Begin in Sydney to visit popular sites like Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House. Next, explore famed Ayers Rock and Uluru. Then, it's off to Melbourne for local sightseeing, a wildlife tour, and a free day of discovery. Finally, transport to Auckland to explore the city, along with a day trip to Bay of Islands for marine life sightings and views along the open water of New Zealand.

Sail in a hot-air balloon over Australia's Yarra Valley at sunrise
Map of Epic Australia & New Zealand: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 21 Days
Epic Australia & New Zealand: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 21 Days

On this three-week trip of a lifetime, you'll experience the highlights of Australia's eastern and southern coasts. It will take you from Sydney's iconic Opera House up to the famous Great Barrier Reef and down to Melbourne for wildlife excursions, and even a hot-air balloon ride over wine country. As if that isn't enough, you'll jet off to New Zealand for adventures in its unspoiled wilderness, including visiting glowworm caves, volcanic valleys, glacial fjords, and much more.

Uluru Mala walk
Map of Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne: Best Itinerary Ideas
Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Sydney, Uluru, and Melbourne spend about 10 to 14 days in Australia, which usually includes some time in Cairns as well. If you're not interested in Cairns, 10 to 12 days is enough for your Sydney, Uluru, and Melbourne trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in six to nine days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries, including Sydney, Uluru, and Melbourne, and beyond.

 Stop to see the glowworm caves as you make your way from Auckland to Rotorua
Map of Australia & New Zealand Culture Tour: Auckland, Rotorua, Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 10 Days
Australia & New Zealand Culture Tour: Auckland, Rotorua, Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 10 Days

Discover the diverse landscapes, delicious food, and rich cultures of Australia and New Zealand in just 10 days. This itinerary kicks off with a captivating sunset dinner cruise in Auckland, followed by activities involving Rotorua's Māori culture and geothermal wonders. From here, hop to Melbourne for a food and cocktail tour before exploring the Great Ocean Road. Next, witness awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets at Uluru, and end in Sydney, where you'll conquer the iconic bridge and savor Aboriginal bush food.

Your luxury outback adventure is bookended by stays in Sydney and Melbourne (photo courtesy of Longitude 131˚)
Map of Luxury Australia City & Outback Adventure: Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 10 Days
Luxury Australia City & Outback Adventure: Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 10 Days

From sparkling city skylines to twinkling outback stars, this 10-day luxury Australia itinerary combines the culture and creativity of Sydney and Melbourne with once-in-a-lifetime outback adventures. Catch an opera at the world-famous Sydney Opera House and explore the city. Then, fly to the Red Centre to experience sunset over Uluru, see the Field of Light, dine under outback stars, and visit a remote arts community by charter flight. Finish in Melbourne with a street art masterclass and hip nightlife tour.

 Spend a week discovering the best of Australia's innovative cuisine and world-class wines
Map of Luxury Nature & Fine Dining Tour of Australia - 10 Days
Luxury Nature & Fine Dining Tour of Australia - 10 Days

Taste the best of Australia with this 10-day luxury itinerary. Packed with 5-star stays, fine dining, nature, and gourmet experiences, you'll sip and sample your way through the country, starting in Melbourne. Explore laneways and ride in a hot-air balloon, then rent a car for a gastronomic drive along the Great Ocean Road to Brae, the Grampians, and Adelaide. Hop over to Kangaroo Island for food and fauna, then skip to Sydney for a luxe sunset cruise across the iconic harbor.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night for the ultimate romantic thrill
Map of Australia Honeymoon Adventure: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 7 Days
Australia Honeymoon Adventure: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 7 Days

Combine desert landscapes and urban elegance on this romantic Australia itinerary. Start by immersing yourselves in Melbourne's vibrant food scene, then float above the city in a hot-air balloon. Next, head inland to witness the famous Uluru rock transform into a fiery masterpiece during a camel ride. Finish in Sydney, where you'll climb the Harbour Bridge before setting sail as day turns to night. With culture, thrills, and romance, this honeymoon offers the ultimate taste of Australia's magic.

Kangaroo crosses a dirt road in Western Australia
Map of The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days
The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days

Cover the spectrum of these two dynamic countries with this comprehensive itinerary. Start off in New Zealand, where you'll visit both the North and South islands to explore Maori culture, natural wonders, adventure sports, and more—sip wine on Waiheke island, hike at Aoraki, and cruise through Milford Sound. Then head to Australia, starting with the city sights in Melbourne before you meet the penguins of Phillip Island, stunning scenes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, and urban streets of Sydney.

Kids having fun on the beach
Map of Australia & New Zealand for Families: Big Cities, Adventure & the Reef - 14 Days
Australia & New Zealand for Families: Big Cities, Adventure & the Reef - 14 Days

The perfect itinerary for families with active older kids and teens, this two-week tour takes you to the heart of Australia and New Zealand's natural wonders. Discover Sydney and Melbourne's top attractions before heading north to Cairns for an epic day at the Great Barrier Reef. Travel through the rainforest and down the Great Ocean Road, then hop over to New Zealand's adventure capital of Queenstown to explore mountains, fjords, and "Lord of the Rings" country.

View of Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 11 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 11 Days

Combine the best of Australia's big cities with wildlife excursions and nature tours to create an 11-day adventure you won't soon forget. See the highlights of Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide by foot and bike, take road trips down the scenic southern coast, and hop over to a protected island home to kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies. Then, jet off to the tropical Cairns to explore the coral islands at the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests at Daintree.

A beach paradise at Palm Cove near Cairns
Map of Discover Australia's Highlights:  Palm Cove, Melbourne &  Sydney - 11 Days
Discover Australia's Highlights: Palm Cove, Melbourne & Sydney - 11 Days

This 11-day highlights tour combines the best of Australia's beaches, cities, and national parks. Experience laid-back luxury at Palm Cove, meander through Melbourne's quirky back streets, and sample fine dining in Sydney before concluding with a hike in the Blue Mountains. Along the way, you'll trek the world's oldest rainforest, spear fish with a Kubirri Warra brother, cruise the Outer Barrier Reef and meet kangaroos, koalas, and penguins in their natural habitat.

Escape to the outback to see the wonders of Kata Tjuta and Uluru
Map of Australia City, Coast & Outback Tour -11 Days
Australia City, Coast & Outback Tour -11 Days

Experience Australia's outdoor highlights as you travel from the coast to the country's interior and back again. Touch down in Sydney to see famous landmarks and go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. Discover Uluru with dinner under the stars and a camel ride at sunrise. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, drive along scenic roads to Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, then soak up Melbourne's nightlife and say goodbye with a hot-air balloon ride over the city.

Gold Coast
Map of The Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 15 Days
The Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 15 Days

This packed 15-day itinerary includes the best of Australia's stunning coastline. It takes you from hallmark cities like Melbourne and Sydney to the epic surf of the Gold Coast and up to Queensland for an adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll make time for hikes in the rainforest, watching penguins on parade, day trips to rugged mountains, and an unforgettable road trip down the scenic Great Ocean Road.

The Pinnacles of Phillip Island
Map of Explore Australia: City, Reef, Rainforest & Outback - 15 Days
Explore Australia: City, Reef, Rainforest & Outback - 15 Days

Travel from city to sea, rainforest, and outback on this well-rounded tour of Australia, starting in Sydney and visiting its most iconic sites. Head to Port Douglas, where you'll discover marine life near the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Kuranda and its rainforest to mingle with butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Watch the sunset behind Uluru, then dine under the desert stars. Finish up your journey in eclectic Melbourne and take a hot-air balloon ride over wine country.

Melbourne
Map of Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 15 Days
Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 15 Days

To really experience the best of Australia requires at least a couple of weeks, which is fine because, on this Aussie adventure, you'll get those 14 days—plus one for good measure. During that time, you'll sample the cuisine and see the sights in Melbourne and Sydney, plus take day trips to hike rugged mountains and visit penguin colonies. Then jet off to the northern outback for tours in and around iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), followed by a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and some time exploring ancient rainforests.

Humpback whale tail throw in Sydney
Map of Seasonal Highlights of Australia & New Zealand - 14 Days
Seasonal Highlights of Australia & New Zealand - 14 Days

If you're planning to visit Australia and New Zealand between May and October, this 14-day itinerary ticks all the right boxes. Experience the best of each country, along with special seasonal activities such as whale watching from Sydney Harbour and sledding in the snow at Queenstown. While it might be winter and spring Down Under, you'll still be snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and connecting with culture in Port Douglas and Rotorua.

Discover wildlife in Daintree's Mossman Gorge
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days

Covering four states, this perfectly curated itinerary features Australia's top attractions in 12 days, providing visitors with a well-rounded experience. Beginning in cool and trendy Melbourne, you'll work your way around the country to the cosmopolitan cities of Adelaide and Sydney, ending the trip in Cairns. Along the way, you'll drive the scenic Great Ocean Road, hang out with kangaroos and seals on Kangaroo Island, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.

Snorkel together as a family at the Great Barrier Reef
Map of Ultimate Family Tour in Australia: Cities, Reefs & Rocks - 16 Days
Ultimate Family Tour in Australia: Cities, Reefs & Rocks - 16 Days

This once-in-a-lifetime tour of Australia is designed for winter travel. It avoids the intensely hot summers and takes advantage of the pleasant dry season—in other words, perfect for families. Over 16 action-packed days, make your way through vibrant cities like Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, and Sydney, as well as Tasmania's coast, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef, for the ultimate adventure.

Drive to the Atherton Tablelands for quirky cafés and captivating landscapes
Map of Ultimate Landscapes of Australia: City, Outback, Rainforest & Reef - 17 Days
Ultimate Landscapes of Australia: City, Outback, Rainforest & Reef - 17 Days

Experience Australia's diverse landscapes on this 17-day tour, which takes you from cities to deserts, rainforests, and reefs. Along the way, you'll discover urban wonders, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Melbourne's graffitied laneways, as well as penguin-spotted Phillip Island and the UNESCO-listed rock formation Uluru. End in sun-soaked Queensland, where you'll snorkel the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, explore lush rainforests, and laze on the tropical sands of Palm Cove.

Cape de Couedic lighthouse on Kangaroo Island near Adelaide
Map of City Highlights, Nature & Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania - 13 Days
City Highlights, Nature & Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania - 13 Days

Discover Australia's city life and wildlife on this 13-day itinerary. Start in Sydney to explore its famous harbor by boat before heading to the Blue Mountains to hike rugged valleys. Fly to Adelaide to sample the bustling culinary hot spot and surrounding Kangaroo Island, then to Melbourne to stroll the cultural capital's hidden enclaves and alleyways and to see the Penguin Parade of nearby Phillip Island. Finish with a deep dive into Tasmania's fascinating history and diverse flora and fauna.

Surfers on Phillip Island's Woolamai Beach
Map of The Ultimate Tour of Australia & New Zealand - 14 Days
The Ultimate Tour of Australia & New Zealand - 14 Days

This fast-paced trip squeezes the best of Australia and New Zealand into two epic weeks. Start in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and road trip south to Rotorua for Hobbiton, bubbling mud pools, and geothermal activity. Skip to the world's adventure capital, Queenstown, for big thrills and a Milford Sound / Piopiotahi day trip before crossing over to Australia. Here, you'll tick off Melbourne and Sydney, skip out to the Red Centre at Uluru, and see the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns.

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Map of Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Gold Coast: Best Itinerary Ideas
Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Gold Coast: Best Itinerary Ideas

Twelve days to two weeks is a great length for an Australia trip with stops in Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, and Gold Coast. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 9 to 11 days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Surfers Paradise. Get inspired with the below Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, and Gold Coast trip ideas.

Whitehaven Beach is stretch along Whitsunday Island in Australia
Map of Great Ocean Road & the Whitsundays - 9 Days
Great Ocean Road & the Whitsundays - 9 Days

Get set for a fantastic nine-day adventure across Australia. Start in Melbourne, rent a car, and hit the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most iconic drives. Fly north to tropical Queensland to see the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Witness the magnificent Whitehaven Beach, famous for its pristine white silica sand, and go snorkeling. Drive south to Rockhampton, Australia's Beef Capital, then fly to beautiful Brisbane.

Melbourne's Flinders Street Train Station
Map of Sydney, Cairns, Uluru & Melbourne: Best Itinerary Ideas
Sydney, Cairns, Uluru & Melbourne: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 10 to 14 days is perfect for a well-paced Australia trip with stops in Sydney, Cairns, Uluru, and Melbourne. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in nine days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of kimkim's favorite itinerary extensions include Adelaide or Darwin. Keep reading for more inspiring Sydney, Cairns, Uluru, and Melbourne itineraries.

Walk the esplanade in Cairns
Map of Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Adelaide: Best Itinerary Ideas
Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Adelaide: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Australia typically plan a trip for about 16 days when combining Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, and Adelaide with Uluru and Darwin. If you're not interested in Uluru and Darwin, 11 to 14 days is enough for your Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, and Adelaide trip. Meanwhile, a fast-paced highlights trip is possible in 10 days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries, including Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, and beyond.

Australia's Four Mile Beach
Map of Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne & Port Douglas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne & Port Douglas: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 13 to 15 days is the perfect amount of time for an Australia trip with stops in Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, and Port Douglas. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 11 or 12 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Cairns. Get inspired with the below Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, and Port Douglas.

Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Map of Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days

Two weeks offers plenty of time to explore some of the best regions in Australia. Arrive in Melbourne and enjoy the funky, bohemian vibe of the city, along with some sightseeing and a free day. Then, travel to Sydney for a pub tour, and to explore the famous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks around Sydney Harbour. Next, tour Gold Coast, including an excursion to Mount Tambourine National Park, along with free time to surf and relax. The trip concludes in Cairns with two epic day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Stop to check out the iconic Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Map of Self-Drive Tour: From Melbourne to Adelaide - 14 Days
Self-Drive Tour: From Melbourne to Adelaide - 14 Days

Explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife on this two-week coastal adventure of Victoria and South Australia. Starting and ending in Melbourne, you'll drive along Australia's southern edge navigating the Great Ocean Road and choosing to stop on your schedule until you reach Adelaide. Along the way, you'll discover dramatic rock formations like the famous Twelve Apostles, meet kangaroos and fur seals on Kangaroo Island, and learn about aboriginal culture in Grampians National Park.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Map of Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney & More - 14 Days
Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney & More - 14 Days

On this two-week self-drive journey through Australia, visit two major cities and plenty of scenic stops in between. Begin in Melbourne before heading to Mount Baw Baw for some hiking, biking, or fly fishing. Next, spend two days in Yarra Valley, followed by a return to Melbourne to do some sightseeing. Then, head to Sydney to launch into more offshoots—Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Lithgow, and Hawkesbury River included. The vacation concludes in Sydney with visits to Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the famed Sydney Opera House.

Southern lights over Hobart
Map of Off-the-Beaten Path Australia: Melbourne & Tasmania Road Trip - 11 Days
Off-the-Beaten Path Australia: Melbourne & Tasmania Road Trip - 11 Days

Explore the rich history of Melbourne and Tasmania on this itinerary, which includes guided tours and a self-guided road trip across Tasmania. Spend two days in Melbourne and travel down the epic Great Ocean Road. Fly to Tasmania's capital, Hobart, and drive north to historical convict towns like Longford and Oatlands. Take in Tasmania's lake country and a glimpse of the southern lights along the way.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches the East Coast has to offer
Map of East Coast of Australia - 13 Days
East Coast of Australia - 13 Days

Begin your journey in artsy Melbourne, exploring the hidden alleyways, vintage shopping, and quirky coffee shops. Spend a few days in bustling Sydney, then make your way up north to the Gold Coast, one of Australia's iconic surfing destinations. Your trip ends in Cairns with a visit to the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Govett's Leap in the Blue Mountains
Map of Australia Cities & Wildlife Adventure for Families - 14 Days
Australia Cities & Wildlife Adventure for Families - 14 Days

This active two-week Australian trip starts with a hot air balloon flight across Melbourne and finishes on the shores of Sydney. Perfect for active families with older kids, this itinerary ticks the best of Australia's wildlife and outdoor lifestyle boxes. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, climb a mountain in Tasmania, hike in the rugged Blue Mountains, and hit the surf at Bondi Beach.

After checking off Sydney, Melbourne, and the outback, you'll end on the remote paradise of Lizard Island (photo courtesy of Lizard Island Resort)
Map of Australia Luxury Escape: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Lizard Island - 14 Days
Australia Luxury Escape: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Lizard Island - 14 Days

This curated 14-day luxury itinerary blends lavish experiences with Australia's breathtaking landscapes. Start in Sydney with a private sunset dinner cruise, then skip to Melbourne for culture and cuisine. Fly to the Red Centre to marvel at the iconic Uluru, witness unreal sunsets, and dine under desert stars. Finish the adventure at the Great Barrier Reef on the remote and exclusive Lizard Island.

Stay three nights at an all-inclusive Australian safari camp in the Northern Territory (photo courtesy of Bamurru Plains)
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Australian Luxury: Cities, The Ghan & Kakadu - 14 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Australian Luxury: Cities, The Ghan & Kakadu - 14 Days

Adventurous travelers with discerning taste will love this 14-day Australian trip, which offers laid-back luxury and private experiences. The itinerary weaves together the cultural allure of Melbourne, the gastronomic delights of Adelaide, and the iconic landscapes of Sydney. You'll also travel up the continent in style aboard The Ghan, savoring three days of rail travel from Adelaide to Darwin. Then, experience the pristine wilderness of Kakadu National Park with an all-inclusive, luxury bush safari.

Spend two nights at a resort on Kangaroo Island sampling the sustainable food scene (photo courtesy of Southern Ocean Lodge)
Map of Luxury Nature & Fine Dining Tour of Australia - 14 Days
Luxury Nature & Fine Dining Tour of Australia - 14 Days

Savor the very best of Australia's food and wine scene with this 14-day luxury trip that starts in Melbourne at one of the country's top restaurants, and finishes in Sydney with a sunset dinner cruise. In between you'll stay in 5-star luxury hotels, ride in a hot-air balloon, and hop in a rental car to drive along the Great Ocean Road to Brae, the Grampians, and Adelaide. You'll also spend two nights at a resort on Kangaroo Island experiencing the incredible food and fauna, like wallabies, kangaroos, and fur seals.

Spend two nights at an eco-retreat in the Daintree Rainforest before heading to Melbourne
Map of Luxury Australian Honeymoon: Cities, Outback, Reef & Rainforest - 14 Days
Luxury Australian Honeymoon: Cities, Outback, Reef & Rainforest - 14 Days

Your romantic and luxurious two-week Australian honeymoon squeezes in the reef, the rainforest, two huge cities, and the sprawling outback. Start in Sydney with a starry-eyed sunset cruise and go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. Switch gears to the red center and see the magnificent Uluru monolith, then fly to the tropics where the Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest await. End the fun in Melbourne with a restaurant tour and hot-air balloon flight over the city.

Spend two days swimming with marine life in the Indian Ocean
Map of Australia Honeymoon Outdoor Adventure: Melbourne, Sydney & the West Coast - 14 Days
Australia Honeymoon Outdoor Adventure: Melbourne, Sydney & the West Coast - 14 Days

This adventurous two-week Australian honeymoon combines the best of Sydney, Melbourne, and the West Coast. Start in the cultural capital, Melbourne, with a cocktail tour and day trips to the Mornington Peninsula and Great Ocean Road. From here, fly west to sunny Perth where you'll road trip south to taste wines in the Margaret River and fly north to Exmouth to swim with humpback whales and whale sharks. Finish your romantic tour in Sydney with a sunset dinner cruise and an overnight zoo encounter.

Rough it in style at luxury bush camps in the Flinders Ranges (photo courtesy of Arkaba)
Map of Australian City, Wine Country & Outback Honeymoon - 14 Days
Australian City, Wine Country & Outback Honeymoon - 14 Days

Perfect for adventurous couples looking for off-the-beaten-path luxury, this two-week honeymoon combines the best of Australia's two largest cities with wine country fun and an outback "glamping" experience. Cruise Sydney's harbor at sunset, then explore culture and creatures in Melbourne with a laneway tour and wildlife expedition. Switch to South Australia next, where you'll drive to a Barossa Valley vineyard retreat and on to the Flinders Ranges for the exclusive three-day Arkaba Walk.

Spend two nights in Wilsons Promontory taking scenic walks and hikes
Map of Southeast Australia Active Honeymoon From Sydney to Adelaide - 14 Days
Southeast Australia Active Honeymoon From Sydney to Adelaide - 14 Days

This two-week active honeymoon explores the best of southeast Australia. First, you'll collect a rental car and make memories—just the two of you—as you drive from Sydney to Melbourne. Along the way, pass white sandy beaches, check out relaxed coastal towns, and trek through lush native bushland. In Melbourne, you'll cycle past the top sights and explore the Great Ocean Road. Finally, fly to Adelaide to spend two romantic days driving around the Barossa Valley wine region at your own pace.

 Embark on a 10-day journey along Australia's east coast, including the beguiling beach town of Byron Bay
Map of Australia's East Coast Highlights: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Byron Bay & Brisbane - 10 Days
Australia's East Coast Highlights: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Byron Bay & Brisbane - 10 Days

This 10-day journey explores the best of Australia's east coast. Starting in Sydney, you'll pedal across the city, ticking off the sights, then board a sunset harbor cruise. Skip south to Melbourne, where the city's creative laneway culture and bar scene await. Fly to the Gold Coast for endless sunshine, surf, and sand. Get behind the wheel for a mini road trip to Byron Bay, where you'll indulge in the local food scene, then cap off your trip cuddling koalas in Brisbane.

Spend two nights on the remote and exclusive Lord Howe Island (photo courtesy of Capella Lodge)
Map of Ultimate Australian Luxury Escape: Melbourne to Lord Howe Island - 10 Days
Ultimate Australian Luxury Escape: Melbourne to Lord Howe Island - 10 Days

This fast-paced Australia itinerary squeezes high-class city fun and barefoot luxury into just 10 days. Dine at top restaurants in creative Melbourne and drive the Great Ocean Road, then escape to Kangaroo Island, where peace, wildlife, and natural landscapes await. Taste world-class wines in Adelaide, cruise Sydney Harbour at sunset, helicopter to the Hunter Valley for a luxe winery lunch, and spend your final days disconnected from it all on the remote and lush Lord Howe Island.

Your great Australian grand tour comes to a close in Sydney, with tours of its city sights and a harbor cruise
Map of Ultimate Australia: City, Reef, Outback & Top End - 19 Days
Ultimate Australia: City, Reef, Outback & Top End - 19 Days

This 19-day highlights tour squeezes in Australia's buzzing cities, vast Red Centre, colorful Great Barrier Reef, and wild Top End. Start in Melbourne with city life and day trips to the Twelve Apostles and Phillip Island, then fly to Adelaide and explore Kangaroo Island. Skip to the outback to witness the beauty of Uluru at sunrise atop a camel, then spot crocodiles on the rivers of Kakadu. Relax at tropical Palm Cove and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef before finishing in Sydney with a sunset cruise.

Enjoy the views from southern Australia's Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Map of Cities, Wildlife & Wilderness in Australia: Sydney, Kangaroo Island, Uluru & Melbourne - 15 Days
Cities, Wildlife & Wilderness in Australia: Sydney, Kangaroo Island, Uluru & Melbourne - 15 Days

In 15 days, you'll explore exciting cities, spot wildlife, and visit iconic landmarks of Australia's southern states and interior. You'll start in Sydney for a biking excursion, bridge climb, and food tour before heading to Kangaroo Island to mingle with its endemic animals. Then it's time for a wilderness road trip to Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, and Uluru in Northern Territory. Your trip comes to an end in the cultural hotspot, Melbourne, with day trips to Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road.

Landscapes of Western Australia where the Red Centre meets the sea
Map of Melbourne, Sydney & Western Australia Road Trip - 20 Days
Melbourne, Sydney & Western Australia Road Trip - 20 Days

This 20-day itinerary blends city exploration with coastal wonders and an epic road trip along the Coral Coast. Soak up city life, culture, and cuisine in Melbourne and Sydney before flying to sun-kissed Perth. Embark on a Western Australia road trip to see the striking Pinnacles, snorkel Coral Bay, and witness the beauty of Ningaloo Reef.

Coastal Walk in Australia
Map of Ultimate Australia - 16 Days
Ultimate Australia - 16 Days

This well-rounded 16-day tour of Australia's highlights is sure to delight any first time visitor. You'll explore the hidden laneways of artsy Melbourne and the famous landmarks of Sydney, learn about indigenous culture at Uluru in the country's Red Center, and discover tropical Queensland with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll meet kangaroos at Kangaroo Island, search for crocodiles at Kakadu National Park, and have free time to enjoy a few day trips of your choosing.

Beautiful Milford Sound in New Zealand
Map of Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days
Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days

This two-week crossover trip takes you from Australia to New Zealand with plenty of adventure laced throughout. Start by touring one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world: Sydney. Then, head to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef. In the last Australian stop, Melbourne, you'll spend time in hip neighborhoods and visit wild kangaroos and koalas. Afterward, it'll be time to hop over to New Zealand, where you'll get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Watch the sunset over Uluru with a memorable al fresco dining experience
Map of Australia Cities & Nature: Sydney, Port Douglas, Brisbane, Uluru & Melbourne - 17 Days
Australia Cities & Nature: Sydney, Port Douglas, Brisbane, Uluru & Melbourne - 17 Days

Combine vibrant cities and remote nature on this well-rounded 17-day trip through Australia. Tour the sights in Sydney before flying north to Port Douglas to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Head to Brisbane for an immersive introduction to Indigenous culture and a guided tour of its famous zoo, then escape to the outback's quiet to witness Uluru's wonders. Wind down in the cultural capital of Melbourne, with a day trip to nearby Phillip Island to see its famous "penguin parade."

Tour the small, but impressive, Adelaide
Map of Best of Australia: Food, Nature & Culture - 17 Days
Best of Australia: Food, Nature & Culture - 17 Days

This thrilling itinerary takes you across eastern and central Australia over 17 days, combining the best food, nature, and cultural experiences. Start in Sydney with a Harbor Bridge climb and venture out to the Blue Mountains before flying north to two UNESCO World Heritage wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Pass by the Red Center to witness a sunrise and sunset at Uluru and soak up Melbourne and Adelaide with trips to Phillip and Kangaroo islands.

Drive through the heart of Australia "red center" in the outback
Map of Australian Outback Self-Drive Tour- 18 Days
Australian Outback Self-Drive Tour- 18 Days

Cover the rugged terrain and sweeping desert landscape of the Australian Outback on this epic self-drive excursion through Victoria, South Australia, and Northern Territory. Begin your 18-day tour in trendy Melbourne and fly to arty Adelaide where you'll pick up your rental car and drive on your schedule to Darwin on the opposite coast. You'll explore four major national parks, spot endemic wildlife in their natural habitat, visit rural towns, and discover ancient Aboriginal art.

Journey across Australia to the remote Indian Ocean beaches of Cape Range National Park
Map of Australia's East & West Coasts Adventure - 18 Days
Australia's East & West Coasts Adventure - 18 Days

Hit the highlights of Australia's east and west coasts on this glorious 18-day adventure. Start in Sydney, where you'll cruise its famous harbor and scale the heights of its iconic bridge. Head north to Port Douglas to snorkel through coral reefs and trek into the rainforest, then experience Melbourne with a food tour and hot-air balloon flight. Fly to the west coast to discover Perth and its stunning beaches, then finish your journey swimming with whale sharks in Exmouth and wine tasting in Margaret River.

Venture into the dense rainforest of Daintree National Park
Map of Australia City, Outback, Rainforest & Reef Tour - 18 Days
Australia City, Outback, Rainforest & Reef Tour - 18 Days

See and do a little bit of everything on this fun and far-reaching 18-day tour of Australia. Start in Melbourne to explore its historic laneways by bike and take a day trip along the Great Ocean Road. Continue to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island before heading to the Red Centre to check out Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and other magnificent outback monoliths. Fly next to tropical northern Queensland for some time at the Great Barrier Reef, and end down in Sydney, Australia's largest city.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at twiglight
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days

Australia is an enormous country, and when trying to work out an itinerary, it can be difficult to choose between its lively cities, beautiful beaches, or unique wildlife. With this varied 15-day itinerary, you can experience a bit of everything. Starting in Melbourne, travel along the spectacular Great Ocean Road—one of Australia's best short road trips—before heading to Adelaide and wild Kangaroo Island. You'll also visit Australia's dramatic red center, relax at the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney, Australia's largest city.

Family cycle around Uluru
Map of  Family-Friendly Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 7 Days
Family-Friendly Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 7 Days

Experience the best of Australia with this weeklong family-friendly itinerary that spans Sydney's top sights, an unforgettable trip to Uluru, and the magic of Melbourne. Learn how to surf at Bondi Beach and journey to the African Savannah at Taronga Zoo. Head to Uluru to watch the sunrise and create your own artwork guided by a local Anangu artist. Finally, it's off to the cultural capital of Melbourne to explore the city's labyrinthine laneways and funky street art.

Whitsundays
Map of Australia East Coast Adventure - 21 Days
Australia East Coast Adventure - 21 Days

Three weeks on the east coast of Australia is enough to cover all the highlights and much more. On this itinerary, you'll experience First Nations culture, embark on coastal road trips, take a balloon ride over wine country, hike the famous Blue Mountains, and tour the highlights of Sydney—and that's only the beginning. The adventure continues with surfing in Byron Bay, relaxing on the Gold Coast, exploring the outback, and sailing around the Great Barrier Reef.

Spend a day discovering Bruny Island off Tasmania
Map of Epic Australia Highlights Trip: Eastern, Central & Tasmania - 20 Days
Epic Australia Highlights Trip: Eastern, Central & Tasmania - 20 Days

Check off all the highlights and discover some off-the-beaten-path wonders on this far-reaching 20-day adventure through Australia. Touch down in Sydney, then snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef and head to the outback for dinner under the stars at Uluru. Return to city life in Melbourne's bustling back alleys, hop over to Tasmania for a taste of wild and wonderful nature, taste your way through Adelaide's famous culinary scene, then wind down your trip getting to know the local wildlife on Kangaroo Island.

Embark on an epic three-day train journey across the Australian Outback
Map of Australian East Coast & Indian Pacific Rail: Sydney to Perth - 20 Days
Australian East Coast & Indian Pacific Rail: Sydney to Perth - 20 Days

This 20-day Australian journey combines city charm, natural wonders, and unforgettable experiences. Start in Melbourne with a hot-air balloon flight, then spend the night on the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Visit stunning Sydney and board the legendary Indian Pacific Railway for a captivating cross-country voyage to Perth. Sip your way around the Margaret River wine region, then have an exhilarating encounter with whale sharks in Exmouth.

An aerial view of Cape Tribulation in North Queensland, Australia
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney to Tasmania - 21 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney to Tasmania - 21 Days

Discover Australia's top highlights on this massive 21-day tour that takes you on a loop around the continent. Get your fill of city life in Sydney before heading toward the ocean to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Discover rainforests, national parks, and their wildlife near Byron Bay. Learn about Aboriginal culture at Uluru and Cave Hill, then mingle with kangaroos and koalas on Kangaroo Island. Go winetasting near Melbourne before getting to know Tasmania's remote beauty and relaxed vibe.

Kangaroo Island
Map of Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days
Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days

This packed three-week adventure delivers the best of Australia. Discover the nation's culture capital of Melbourne on food tours and wildlife excursions before heading down the famed Great Ocean Road to the romantic fishing villages and rugged outback of South Australia. Then, fly north and explore the Great Barrier Reef before finishing the trip in Sydney with tours of its famous sights and hiking trips to nearby mountains.

Travel at your own pace and make as many swim stops as you'd like
Map of Southern & Eastern Australia Road Trip - 15 Days
Southern & Eastern Australia Road Trip - 15 Days

Enjoy an epic 15-day road trip to the most incredible cities, towns, and landmarks throughout the south and east of Australia. It starts in Melbourne, the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, and from there you'll drive north, stopping at wildlife reserves and coastal towns along the way. In Sydney, you'll hit the highlights before continuing to gorgeous beach areas like Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

Board The Ghan and travel the outback in style from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Map of Ultimate Outback Experience: Adelaide, the Ghan, Uluru & Alice Springs - 8 Days
Ultimate Outback Experience: Adelaide, the Ghan, Uluru & Alice Springs - 8 Days

This eight-day Australia adventure takes you on a bucket-list train ride through the outback. Travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs aboard The Ghan on a multiday journey through incredible desert landscapes and quiet outback towns. Make your way from South Australia's foodie capital to the mythical monolith of Uluru in style, enjoy a day exploring Melbourne's famous Great Ocean Road, and meet orphaned kangaroos at a sanctuary.

Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
Map of Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days
Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days

The adventure begins in the cultural heartland of Melbourne, and continues in Adelaide, where you'll find unique wildlife. Next, you'll head into the Red Centre to see Uluru before transferring to Kakadu National Park in Darwin. You'll then venture east to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney. From here, you'll fly over to New Zealand, where you will do adventure sports in Queenstown, hike Mount Cook, and explore Christchurch.

Stay overnight near the Twelve Apostles to see the spectacle at sunset and sunrise
Map of Australia's Ultimate Self-Drive Adventure - 19 Days
Australia's Ultimate Self-Drive Adventure - 19 Days

This 19-day self-drive itinerary bounces between Australia's most famous sights and beautiful landscapes. Kick off with a cruise on the Sydney Harbour, then marvel at the Uluru monolith and hike Kings Canyon in the outback. Return to urban life in Melbourne, then drive the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles. Finally, drive along Australia's east coast from Brisbane to Sydney, stopping at the relaxed coastal towns of Byron Bay and Port Macquarie, with wine tasting in the Hunter Valley.

Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia
Map of The Ultimate Australian Self-Drive Adventure: Outback, Great Ocean Road & Pacific Coast - 20 Days
The Ultimate Australian Self-Drive Adventure: Outback, Great Ocean Road & Pacific Coast - 20 Days

This epic 20-day self-drive adventure explores Australia's diverse landscapes and iconic destinations. Over 20 days, you'll take in dazzling Sydney and witness the magnificent Uluru. Continue to Melbourne to cruise the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles. Then road trip along the beautiful east coast from Brisbane to Sydney, soaking up the laid-back vibes of Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, and more.

Visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and watch the sun set
Map of Australia's Wild Side: Tasmania, the Outback & the Reef - 19 Days
Australia's Wild Side: Tasmania, the Outback & the Reef - 19 Days

From the beauty of Tasmania's rugged coast to Central Australia's dry red heart and Far North Queensland's tropical coral islands, experience Australia's diverse landscapes on this 19-day adventure. Cruise the Tasman and Coral Seas, float along a Daintree Rainforest river, dine under the stars at Uluru, play tug-of-war with Tasmanian devils, and self-drive the Great Ocean Road. You'll also discover hidden urban gems in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney during guided walking tours.

Australian Coast
Map of Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days
Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days

Explore southeast Australia on this combination self-drive and flying tour on this comprehensive 22-day itinerary. Start your trip in quirky Melbourne to explore hidden alleyways and eclectic coffee shops, then pick up a car and explore the coast. Spend a few days in Tasmania, then end your trip in Sydney and the beautiful nature of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley Vineyards.

Other popular travel destinations in Australia
Sydney · Uluru · Cairns · Port Douglas · Gold Coast · Perth · Whitsundays · Hamilton Island · Airlie Beach · Tasmania