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
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  26​h
End: Birmingham

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and Ngarru Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Des Spencer Galleries) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit planner.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Birmingham to Cairns. Traveling from Birmingham in February, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Palm Cove Beach, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio ©
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio

5
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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace (in Gold Coast), Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, look for gifts at Podie Pie, and browse the exhibits of Art on Cairncross.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip app .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Podie Pie, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Mooloolaba Beach, Art on Cairncross
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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 Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take in the exciting artwork at ATTY Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Tramway Museum
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at McCrae Beach and Rye Ocean Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden and Melbourne Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Overwrought (in Blampied), Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Town & Country Gallery, examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Seville Estate, Art Gallery of Ballarat, McCrae Beach, Overwrought, Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:
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Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden ©
Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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