23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doncaster
+2
train + subway + Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Doncaster

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, admire all the interesting features of Earl Hill, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll around Anzac Park.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online visit planner .

Doncaster, UK to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doncaster to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Doncaster in August, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Cape Tribulation (Dubuji Boardwalk & Marrdja Botanical Walk). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and get outside with The Bump Track.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker website .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at The Strand and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, browse the exhibits of Pinnacles Gallery, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Townsville in September, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
nights
Melbourne

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, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kalleske Wines (in Greenock), Soul Growers (in Tanunda) and Hahndorf (The Cedars & Hans Heysen Art Studio). The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, make a trip to Adelaide Oval, and hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Adelaide sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hahndorf, Soul Growers, Kalleske Wines
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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