22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin


4
nights
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. Dedicate the 25th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip site .

Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Melbourne is 10 hours. Traveling from Dublin in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be a bit warmer, around 14°C, while days are much warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

7
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 Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

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Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island route builder app .

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit website .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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