22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Summerlands
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Lady Elliot Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Royal Botanic Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Melbourne is 17 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Summerlands.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
night
Summerlands

Summerlands ©
Head to Summerlands on Philip Island for the chance to see thousands of penguins waddling along the coastline.
You've now added Penguin Parade to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Flinders Blowhole and then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Parade.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Summerlands online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Summerlands in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Summerlands can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Adelaide.

Things to do in Summerlands

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Flinders Blowhole
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Penguin Parade ©
Penguin Parade

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The HandleBar Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden and then see The HandleBar Adelaide. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, then steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, and finally explore the world behind art at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Summerlands to Adelaide in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. March in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Parks Tours
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Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
The HandleBar Adelaide ©
The HandleBar Adelaide
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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 Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 11th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Sea World Theme Park about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane visit planning site .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

1
night
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lady Elliot Island trip itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brisbane to Lady Elliot Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

Historic Sites
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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse ©
Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

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.
Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lady Elliot Island to Sydney. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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