22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  26​h
End: Birmingham

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour website .

Birmingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. There's more to do: look for gifts at With Sugar.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Gold Coast takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Gold Coast to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 6th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Old Melbourne Gaol. Visiting Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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