22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: London

2
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at With Sugar.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 30th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation tour itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 2nd (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island travel route builder website .

Do a combination of ferry, car, shuttle, and flight from Cape Tribulation to Lord Howe Island in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Melbourne Zoo and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity College Chapel.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, trek along Kuniya Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visit Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Yellow Water and Mamukala Wetlands. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge and look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 14.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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