22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Adelaide
— 6 nights
train:  10​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Calgary

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Brett Whiteley Studio and Ambush Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (in Booragul) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and pick up some local products at The Rocks Markets.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning website .

Calgary, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Sydney is 17 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in March, with highs in Sydney at 30°C and lows at 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Palm Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and With Sugar. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Motor Museum and Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Blowhole Beach and Carrickalinga Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek), Clare (Sevenhill Cellars & Riesling Trail) and Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis). There's still lots to do: stroll through Horseshoe Bay, do a tasting at Chateau Tanunda, take a stroll through North Terrace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Adelaide in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in March, with highs in Adelaide at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Clare, Tanunda, Maslin Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park, Henley Beach
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Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park

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.
Do your shopping at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Degraves Street. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat, approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Collins St/Swanston St, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Victorian Artists' Society.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Adelaide to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

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