23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 21st (Sat), stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, things will get much warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 82°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip site .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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.
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, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) 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 ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip website .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in the views from Elizabeth Quay.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Perth online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Perth hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Nature
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 3rd (Fri), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

You can plan Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 99°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

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
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Ubirr and then identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, then steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and finally explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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 8th (Wed): look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas sightseeing website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Funstuff by Lynda ©
Funstuff by Lynda

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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