22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
7
Lady Elliot Island
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 56°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Figtree Playground, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and take some stellar pictures from Earl Hill.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns planning app .

Fly from Perth to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perth in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 79°F and lows are around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kids will enjoy Myall Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

1
day
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island
For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lady Elliot Island trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Lady Elliot Island. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Lady Elliot Island to Brisbane with the Route module. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

Similar Plans

25 days in Melbourne & Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM INDONESIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Perth, Melbourne & Sydney BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Melbourne & Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in Australia BY A USER FROM FRANCE July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT