22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
7
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 13th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and then take a stroll through Hastings Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Noosa online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
On the 15th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach and then admire the masterpieces at GOMA.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker app .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Take a break from the city and head to Whitsunday Islands National Park and Catseye Beach. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, get outside with Jetryder, make a trip to Passage Peak, and stroll through Wild life Hamilton Island.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Hamilton Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The National Pass and Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Pulpit Rock Lookout and Wentworth Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, admire all the interesting features of Lincoln's Rock, and stroll through The Giant Stairway.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you will find days in Katoomba are little chillier (22°C), and nights are cooler (5°C). On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip site .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Katoomba in August, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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