23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h
End: London

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Kids will enjoy Manly Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park to see The National Pass about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, head off the coast to Fort Denison Island, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online vacation planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and German Lutheran Trinity Church are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Trinity College Chapel, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.
On the 20th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, don't miss a visit to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation), Port Douglas (Mowbray National Park & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail Bike Adventures, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Darwin online trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Darwin hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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