23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Cow Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Tamworth
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
10
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Blue Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Chicago

2
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, parks, shopping, 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, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip site .

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 16 hour difference. In March, Melbourne is warmer than Chicago - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
On the 4th (Mon), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Cedars, take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Adelaide planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Cedars
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Wine Tours & Tastings
The Cedars ©
The Cedars
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

2
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 6th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning app .

Getting from Adelaide to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cow Bay online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cairns to Cow Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in March, and nighttime lows around 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cow Bay to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train. March in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online tour builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. March in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Brisbane, with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamworth.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

1
day
Tamworth

Tamworth ©
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, examine the collection at Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum, then meet the residents at Tamworth Marsupial Park, and finally get great views at Oxley Scenic Lookout.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tamworth online sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Tamworth with the Route module. Traveling from Brisbane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tamworth, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Tamworth

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum ©
Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum
Australian Country Music Hall of Fame ©
Tamworth Marsupial Park ©
Tamworth Marsupial Park

2
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, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tamworth to Sydney. When traveling from Tamworth in March, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 79°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Booderee National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jervis Bay online trip builder .

You can take a train from Sydney to Jervis Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, Jervis Bay is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Nature
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Booderee National Park ©
Booderee National Park

3
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, then make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass. On the next day, get great views at Govetts Leap, then make a trip to Leura Cascades, then look for gifts at The Nook, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Blue Mountains National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Jervis Bay to Blue Mountains National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Rick Rutherford's Country, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Govetts Leap, Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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