22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  31​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
2
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. Get in touch with nature at Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. There's more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and make a trip to Passage Peak.

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Manchester, UK to Hamilton Island is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Hamilton Island to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head off the coast to Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hayman Island attractions tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. In December, daily temperatures in Hayman Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Wildlife Trails Outdoors
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1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hayman Island to Whitsunday Island. Traveling from Hayman Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

4
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.
Visiting Kings Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, plan for slightly colder days in Brisbane, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get in touch with nature at Coolangatta Beach and Natural Bridge. We've included these beaches for you: Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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 Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Clovelly.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Wendouree and Healesville Sanctuary. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Daylesford, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Healesville Sanctuary, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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