22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 7 nights
End: Sydney

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Step out of Cairns to go to Herberton and see Historic Village Herberton, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip website .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Billabong Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, don't miss a visit to Riverway, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Townsville road trip planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island visit site .

Fly from Townsville to Hamilton Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

3
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then contemplate the long history of Wolston Farmhouse, and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Hamilton Island in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Wolston Farmhouse
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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