22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
On the 15th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, view the masterpieces at Illusionary Art, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: 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.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary builder app .

Mumbai, India to Perth is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Mumbai to Perth. Traveling from Mumbai in December, Perth is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Maze, home of Outback Splash, Caversham Wildlife Park, Illusionary Art
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The Maze, home of Outback Splash ©
The Maze, home of Outback Splash
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88 will thrill your kids. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip app .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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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 enjoy Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

Discover how to plan a Sydney trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
On the 26th (Wed), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon 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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's lots more to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and get all the equipment you need at Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

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. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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