23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  32​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

Manchester, UK to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 9 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in April: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planning site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, make a trip to Day FIne Art, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally explore and take pictures at The National Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Katoomba tour itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Katoomba: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker site .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 22nd (Mon), examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island tour planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Spend the 27th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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