22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, identify plant and animal life at Green Point Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Sydney is 13 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
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 Lagoon Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Ellis Beach. Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Ellis Beach
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Step out of the city life by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Diwan to see Alexandra Bay Waterfall about 50 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
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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.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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