22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, trek along Kuniya Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Dubai - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). There's more to do: stop by Whileaway.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
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.
On the 8th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit Manly Beach and Bondi Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney journey maker app .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in February, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Bonsai & Penjing Collection ©

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and The Junk Company. Get outdoors at Melbourne Boat Hire and Balloon Rides. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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