22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
Alice Springs
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
Milan

5
days
Cairns

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree Discovery Centre and Muddy's Playground. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Barron Falls & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Milan, Italy to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Milan to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Milan in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Kuranda, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Balloon Rides
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
days
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Anzac Hill. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, examine the collection at Road Transport Hall of Fame, view the masterpieces at Iranti Art Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Alice Springs to be colder, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

4
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and SkyPoint Climb. Venture out of the city with trips to Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, have fun at South Bank Parklands, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder .

Getting from Alice Springs to Brisbane by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife

Side Trips

SkyPoint Climb, Kondalilla Falls, Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Burleigh Heads Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

4
days
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Ballarat Wildlife Park. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne route maker .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Brisbane in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat Wildlife Park, Spas & Wellness
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Spas & Wellness
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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