19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll through Lagoon Beach and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Canberra journey website .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
National Gallery of Victoria and National Sports Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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