22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  31​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Twin Falls and Motor Car Falls. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, and explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru travel app .

Manchester, UK to Jabiru is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 9 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get a taste of the local shopping with Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally stroll through Ned's Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

1
night
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 1st (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Canberra day trip planning website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Canberra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 2nd (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally examine the collection at Federation Square. On the next day, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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