22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Boise
Fly:  28​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Boise

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.
We've included these beaches for you: 13th Beach and Rye Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ocean Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary (in Barwon Heads), Cape Schanck Boardwalk (in Flinders) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sorrento Back Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frankston Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Portarlington Pier.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online tour itinerary planner .

Boise, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Boise to Melbourne, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Melbourne is much warmer than Boise - with highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barwon Heads, Sorrento, Panorama Garden Estate, Cape Schanck Boardwalk, Portarlington Pier
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Panorama Garden Estate ©
Panorama Garden Estate
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Caves Beach and Kiama Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to North Head Sanctuary and Port Kembla Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Saddleback Mountain Lookout (in Kiama), Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga) and Mount Ettalong Lookout (in Pearl Beach). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Wentworth Falls Lake, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll through The National Pass.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kiama, Mount Ettalong Lookout, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, The National Pass, Caves Beach
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North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Kiama Harbour ©
Kiama Harbour
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Spas & Wellness & Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, stroll through Greenmount Beach, and make a trip to Snapper Rocks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Moffat Beach and St Helena Island National Park. Visiting Glass House Mountains National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Bee Gees Way in Redcliffe (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bee Gees Way, Moffat Beach, Glass House Mountains National Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
St Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island National Park
Glass House Mountains National Park ©

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands. We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Birdworld Kuranda in Kuranda, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay Beach, Thornton Beach, Birdworld Kuranda
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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