22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  29​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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Toronto, Canada to Airlie Beach is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Toronto to Airlie Beach, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

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Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef and take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Visiting Kata Tjuta and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Parliament House of Victoria for their historical value. Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 15th (Tue), engage your brain at Questacon, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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