19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
shuttle + subway + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Heron Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Discovery Centre will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach).

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Seattle to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then admire the masterpieces at GOMA, and then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip maker site .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Heron Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

3
nights
Heron Island

Heron Island
To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Heron Island online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brisbane to Heron Island. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Heron Island

Spas
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3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Heron Island to Melbourne with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Step out of Sydney to go to Blacktown and see Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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