22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  28​h
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  7​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  30​h
End: Toronto


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3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Gorge Wildlife Park and Henley Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Motor Museum and Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), Tanunda (Langmeil Winery, Chateau Tanunda, & more) and McLaren Vale (The Almond Train & Fox Creek Wines). There's more to do: wander the streets of North Terrace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Adelaide road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Adelaide is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Adelaide, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 18°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Tanunda, McLaren Vale, Gorge Wildlife Park, Henley Beach, National Motor Museum
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National Motor Museum ©
National Motor Museum
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Waubs Bay Gallery, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Spring Vale Wines, then enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coles Bay road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Coles Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Freycinet, Cranbrook, Waubs Bay Gallery
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Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co., then learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hobart trip maker .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Richmond, Seven Mile Beach
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step off the beaten path and head to Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Rocks Markets. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning website .

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Sydney is a bit warmer than Hobart - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach, and then try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane tour planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Josephine Falls. Shop till you drop at Doongal Aboriginal Art and Rusty's Market. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Lake Barrine (in Yungaburra). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, stop by Cairns Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Lake Barrine, The Crystal Caves
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
On the 7th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas vacation tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Shopping Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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