22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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 Safaris. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ned's Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online trip builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

5
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder website .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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