22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Montreal

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Josephine Falls and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Spy & Camera Museum, Curtain Fig National Park, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Safaris

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at D'Aguilar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: walk around New Farm Park, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Brisbane by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, Brisbane is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park ©
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Food Tours. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip builder tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Neighborhoods Parks
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Photography Tours
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and ArtVo. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Melbourne at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Beer Tastings & Tours
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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