22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Trinity Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip tool .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Thornton Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, then get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society, then explore and take pictures at Castle Hill, and finally kick back and relax at The Strand.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
The Rocks and Museum of Sydney will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney holiday planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Townsville in April, with highs in Sydney at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and David Fleay Wildlife Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, get outside with Pelican Feeding, and get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Hillsong Church are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Melbourne journey planning app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, Melbourne is little chillier than Gold Coast - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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