23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doncaster
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  32​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Doncaster

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Cape Tribulation (Dubuji Boardwalk & Marrdja Botanical Walk). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Doncaster, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 32-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Doncaster to Port Douglas, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Doncaster in September, with highs in Port Douglas at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Photography Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then browse the exhibits of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. September in Townsville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

5
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planning website .

You can fly from Townsville to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Townsville in September, with highs in Sydney at 25°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Food Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and make a trip to Southern Flinders Ranges Experience with Lunch.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Cedars, Kalleske Wines
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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