22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  35​h
End: Springfield

2
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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Herberton (Historic Village Herberton & Spy & Camera Museum).

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns journey planner.

Springfield, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Springfield to Cairns. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Springfield in May, with highs in Cairns at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Spy & Camera Museum ©
Spy & Camera Museum

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour 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 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Escape the urban bustle at Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path and Emily Gap. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre and The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip builder app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Alice Springs by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, you will find days in Alice Springs are little chillier (76°F), and nights are cooler (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cowaramup Bay and Mammoth Cave. Visit Hamelin Bay Jetty and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Jewel Cave in Augusta (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Margaret River Mouth Beach, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, and learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Redgate Wines, Cowaramup Bay, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay
Hamelin Bay Jetty ©
Hamelin Bay Jetty

2
nights
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Let the collections at SSJG Heritage Centre and Broome Historical Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Japanese Cemetery, stroll through Cable Beach, take in the exciting artwork at The Courthouse Collection, and don't miss a visit to Gantheaume Point.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Broome trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Margaret River to Broome by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Broome are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Narryna Heritage Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. David's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart journey planner.

Fly from Broome to Hobart in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Broome in May: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 60°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral

3
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Raoul, see the interesting displays at Federation Artisan Chocolate, then hike along Waterfall Bay, then appreciate the history behind Dog Line, and finally take an in-depth tour of Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Lime Bay State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip site .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Waterfall Bay ©
Waterfall Bay
Tessellated Pavement ©
Tessellated Pavement
Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site ©
Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site

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