22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  31​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
2
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning app .

Manchester, UK to Hamilton Island is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Manchester to Hamilton Island, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Hamilton Island is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
On the 22nd (Sun), trek along Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hayman Island road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. December in Hayman Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Outdoors Nature Trails
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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hayman Island to Whitsunday Island. Traveling from Hayman Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach. Spend the 26th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, don't miss a visit to Wheel of Brisbane, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and stroll through Moffat Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in December: highs in Brisbane hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfer's Paradise Beach and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Watersports Guru in Kingscliff--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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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.
Visit Manly Beach and Bondi Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jewish Holocaust Centre, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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