23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne tour site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In December, Melbourne is slightly colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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
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 23rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas sightseeing site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Spend the 26th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns tour builder app .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and get great views at Uluru.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Perth driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Perth to be little chillier, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, South Perth Foreshore
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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