22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at The Maze, home of Outback Splash and then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip planning tool .

New Delhi, India to Perth is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Perth, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Perth reach 35°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, The Sacred India Gallery, The Maze, home of Outback Splash
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The Maze, home of Outback Splash ©
The Maze, home of Outback Splash
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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 appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors 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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island vacation planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip website .

Explore your travel options from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast with the Route module. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 10th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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