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:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
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.
Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour site .

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 difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in May, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at VRXP, enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Andrews Presbyterian Church.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle road trip planning app .

Drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
VRXP ©
VRXP

3
nights
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, browse the collection at National Library of Australia, get some fabulous bargains at Canberra Outlet Centre, and pause for some photo ops at Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Newcastle in May, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around 19°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
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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