51 days in Australia & United Kingdom Itinerary

51 days in Australia & United Kingdom Itinerary

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51 days in Australia & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Durness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Windermere, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
10
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
End: London, United Kingdom


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4
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 10th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. It doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online holiday builder .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Barron Gorge National Park ©
Barron Gorge National Park

4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 14th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in September since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

4
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bilpin Cider Company, Gallery Blackheath, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), River Foyers (in Foyers) and Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh (in Drumnadrochit). Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Glenmore Forest Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wardlaw Mausoleum, and head outdoors with Aviemore Ospreys.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness journey builder .

Fly from Sydney to Inverness in 28 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Inverness. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Inverness at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Wildwoodz, Aigas Field Centre
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers

4
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Lochinver (Drumbeg Loop & Achmelvich Beach), Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Farr Beach (in Bettyhill). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Durness online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Lochinver, Farr Beach
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh sightseeing planner .

Getting from Durness to Edinburgh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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nights
Windermere, United Kingdom

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Predator Experience (in Ayside), J.B.Banks and Son Ltd (in Cockermouth) and Buttermere (in Buttermere). The adventure continues: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, explore the activities along Derwentwater, and enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Windermere online itinerary planner .

Drive from Edinburgh to Windermere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake District, Keswick, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Alpacaly Ever After, Old Courthouse Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Helvellyn
Helvellyn

6
nights
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Cheltenham ©
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get out of town with these interesting Cheltenham side-trips: Head 4 Heights Ltd (in Shorncote), Tetbury (Chavenage House & The Royal Gardens at Highgrove) and Bath (Walking tours & The Roman Baths). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Walks With Hawks, see the interesting displays at Corinium Museum, don't miss a visit to Bourton on the Water, and stroll through Colesbourne Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cheltenham trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Windermere to Cheltenham in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cheltenham can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to London.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Moreton-in-Marsh, Cirencester, Bath, Tetbury, Gloucester
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Chavenage House ©
Chavenage House
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Head 4 Heights Waterpark ©
Head 4 Heights Waterpark

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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, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

Before you visit London, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cheltenham to London by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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