22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  25​h
Cairns
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  9​h
Jabiru
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Bournemouth

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns visit planner .

Bournemouth, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bournemouth to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is much hotter than Bournemouth - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ubirr and Cahills Crossing. Get outdoors at Yellow Water and Maguk Gorge. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Jabiru travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. Visiting Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at Federation Square, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

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

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

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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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 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island holiday planner .

Getting from Canberra to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9.5 hours. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and stroll through Camp Cove.

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Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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