22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Ballarat
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St Patrick's Church. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and East Melbourne Synagogue. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Augustine's Church, and then steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ballarat travel planner .

Traveling by train from Melbourne to Ballarat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Ballarat sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St Augustine's Church
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
St Augustine's Church ©
St Augustine's Church
Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial ©

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ballarat to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ballarat in May; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Field of Light ©
Field of Light

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Discover how to plan a Port Douglas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Thornton Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation day trip tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Village Gallery, & more). Spend the 21st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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