22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday maker app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island day trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Thornton Beach in Thornton Beach--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll around Anzac Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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