22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
End: Edinburgh

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.
Let the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Terra Nova Gallery capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Emu Ridge Gallery & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary app .

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-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 Edinburgh to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree Discovery Centre and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cow Bay and see Walu Wugirriga Lookout, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Allom and then visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island vacation planning site .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Scarborough Wine Co, examine the collection at Australian Army Infantry Museum, learn about winemaking at Travertine Wines, then do a tasting at Worthington's Vineyard, and finally stop by Hunter Belle Cheese Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Hunter Valley Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Misty Glen Wines, then do a tasting at Keith Tulloch Wine, and finally do a tasting at Glandore Estate Wines.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pokolbin trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Sydney to Pokolbin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Pokolbin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trip

Australian Army Infantry Museum
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Misty Glen Wines ©
Misty Glen Wines
Scarborough Wine Co ©
Scarborough Wine Co
Australian Army Infantry Museum ©
Australian Army Infantry Museum

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 22nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then examine the collection at Federation Square, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Pokolbin to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Pokolbin in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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