22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Leeds
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Leeds

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Leeds, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Leeds to Melbourne is 10 hours. When traveling from Leeds in December, plan for warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planning app .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and stop by Coffee Works.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas visit planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile 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 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough 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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route builder tool .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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