22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

3
days
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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Palm Cove Beach

2
days
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.
On the 15th (Fri), trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (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

4
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Shopping

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

1
day
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 21st (Thu): 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 see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra planning tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

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

4
days
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
days
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 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip builder .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

3
days
Port Douglas

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Coffee Works and Funstuff by Lynda. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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