19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
7
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Dublin


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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Trinity Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Cairns. In December, Cairns is much hotter than Dublin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 25th (Tue), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island tour itinerary planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

2
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Clovelly, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery and then engage your brain at Questacon. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Canberra fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then examine the collection at Federation Square.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online route planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 2nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island journey builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Greens Pool and Cosy Corner Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cheynes Beach and Anvil Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Singlefile Wines (in Denmark) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, stroll through Nanarup Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Albany trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Albany, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Nanarup Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

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