22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 14th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey builder site .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in February, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 16th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Go for a jaunt from Byron Bay to Murwillumbah to see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns in February, Byron Bay is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Dreamworld. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker website .

Drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Beaches Parks
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Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Australia Zoo in Beerwah, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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