22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shopfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday app .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

4
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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Tanks Arts Centre or Smithfield Shopping Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: stroll through Trail Bike Adventures and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, expect nights in Cairns to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
For shopping fun, head to Funstuff by Lynda or Whileaway. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Myall Beach. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Cape Trib Farm in Cape Tribulation, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, stop by With Sugar, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcadefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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