22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  14​h
6
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Relax by the water at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Heads Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track. There's lots more to do: stroll through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In September in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
On the 27th (Fri), get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip builder .

Getting from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Balloon Rides. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Wooroonooran National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Discovery Centre and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore hidden gems such as Mossman Gorge and Cow Bay Beach. Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

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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 October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Explore hidden gems such as Jewel Cave and Cowaramup Bay. Visiting Lake Cave and Smiths Beach will get you outdoors. When in Margaret River, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dunsborough, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, stroll through Margaret River Mouth Beach, do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines, and kick back and relax at Surfers Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Margaret River in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Margaret River. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Cape Grace Wines, McLeod Creek Wines, Jewel Cave, Smiths Beach
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Broome Historical Museum and Broome Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cable Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, kick back and relax at Roebuck Bay, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Broome day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Broome are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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