22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
3
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + train + Drive:  7​h
5
Summerlands
— 1 day
+3
Drive + train + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Travel:  17​h 45​min
8
Hayman Island
— 1 day
Travel:  11​h 30​min
9
Lizard Island
— 1 day
Travel:  5​h 15​min
10
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
11
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Mason Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and finally identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin day trip planner.

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Darwin is 9 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Darwin to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Wildlife Parks
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get great views at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Darwin in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, then learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of The Cedars.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Adelaide to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Cedars
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island day trip website .

You can fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Summerlands.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

1
day
Summerlands

Summerlands ©
Head to Summerlands on Philip Island for the chance to see thousands of penguins waddling along the coastline.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Flynns Beach, then get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, and then get outside with The Nobbies.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Summerlands holiday builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and car from Kangaroo Island to Summerlands takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Summerlands

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Nobbies
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Flynns Beach ©
Flynns Beach
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
The Nobbies ©
The Nobbies

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

Planning Canberra trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and flight from Summerlands to Canberra takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Summerlands in January, you will find days in Canberra are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
day
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Hayman Island travel route builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Hayman Island. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hayman Island, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lizard Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Outdoors Nature Trails
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1
day
Lizard Island

Lizard Island
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at No Name Reef and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cod Hole.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lizard Island journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Hayman Island to Lizard Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Lizard Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then stroll through Thornton Beach, and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lizard Island to Cape Tribulation with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
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.
On the 28th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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