22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London


5
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker tool .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In January, Sydney is much warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, then take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Echo Point Lookout ©
Echo Point Lookout

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like State Library of Victoria and Federation Square. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in January, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
On the 30th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Whitsunday Boat Hire.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach sightseeing planner .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): gain insight at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Townsville day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns online trip maker .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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