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 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​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 Aldinga Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Tanunda and North Terrace. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: National Motor Museum (in Birdwood), Tanunda (Langmeil Winery & Rockford Winery) and McLaren Vale (The Almond Train & Fox Creek Wines). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach and admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Adelaide is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Adelaide to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Tanunda, McLaren Vale, Aldinga Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park, 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 and learn at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Melbourne (Hare Krishna Temple), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker tool .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Melbourne sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay and then stroll through Friendly Beaches. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Waubs Bay Gallery, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Spring Vale Wines, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip itinerary planning website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Freycinet, 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.
On the 28th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, stop by The Wicked Cheese Co., do a tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally get great views at Constitution Dock. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip builder app .

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Hobart, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Rocks Markets. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and view the masterpieces at Gannon House Gallery.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shorncliffe Beach, and then laugh and play at Wheel of Brisbane. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time 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.
For shopping fun, head to Doongal Aboriginal Art or Cairns Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake Barrine. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see The Crystal Caves in Atherton, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Crystal Caves, Lake Barrine
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Shopping Museums Wineries

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
Ngarru Gallery ©
Ngarru Gallery