22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Newport Beach, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and pause for some serene contemplation at Scots Church.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip app .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. March in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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