22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester


5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, take a stroll through Degraves Street, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in February; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

5
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Clovelly.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 23°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Eli Creek, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Tanks Arts Centre or Smithfield Shopping Centre. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Spend the 16th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 19th (Tue), tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island online visit planner .

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Golf Outdoors
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
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.
On the 20th (Wed), get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then stroll through Dicky Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Brisbane, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment

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