19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip maker .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. While traveling from London, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney route planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 28th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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