22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Cairns trip app .

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in October, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Oxenford and see Warner Bros. Movie World, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Wheel of Brisbane, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Movie World
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
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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

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

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

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Ormiston Gorge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Alice Springs hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Go for a jaunt from Perth to Fremantle to see Fremantle Prison about 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 13th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout.

Plan trip to Perth with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Perth in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Alice Springs to Perth is minus 1 hour. In November, Perth is a bit cooler than Alice Springs - with highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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