22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
+2
train + foot + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: Nottingham

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The House of Honey and Entopia Wines. Get some historical perspective at Fremantle Prison and St Patrick's Basilica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery (in Henley Brook), Millendon (Tyler's Vineyard & Olive Farm Wines) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, do a tasting at Talijancich Wines, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at All Saints Anglican Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary tool .

Nottingham, UK to Perth is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nottingham in August since evenings lows in Perth dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Millendon, Herne Hill, Fremantle, Entopia Wines, Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then get a sense of history and politics at High Court of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra vacation builder site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Canberra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in August; daily highs in Canberra reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

6
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Westfield Sydney. Venture out of the city with trips to Leura (The Candy Store Leura & The Nook), Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, stop by Opal Minded, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Leura, Rick Rutherford's Country, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island online travel planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Rusty's Market. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation maker website .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Do your shopping at Coffee Works and Funstuff by Lynda. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Funstuff by Lynda ©
Funstuff by Lynda

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then stroll through Castle Hill.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Townsville trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Townsville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
day
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin day trip planning site .

You can fly from Townsville to Darwin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Townsville in August, expect Darwin to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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