19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, kick back and relax at Clovelly, let little ones run wild at Cremorne Reserve, and identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour builder .

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour planner.

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 December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Maheno Wreck.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Port Douglas in January since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

2
nights
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 4th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip builder .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

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