23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 1 day
Drive:  20​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Dandenong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Moorooduc
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary maker app .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Melbourne is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Trin Warren Tam-boore ©
Trin Warren Tam-boore
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
day
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, then learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cowes itinerary website .

Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Cape Woolamai Beach
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cowes to Gold Coast in 20 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cowes in April, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

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.
The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in April: highs in Sydney hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally get great views at Govetts Leap.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in April since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dandenong.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

1
night
Dandenong

Dandenong ©
Dandenong is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, approximately 30 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Grants Picnic Ground and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dandenong holiday planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katoomba to Dandenong. Traveling from Katoomba in April, expect nights in Dandenong to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moorooduc.

Things to do in Dandenong

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Grants Picnic Ground ©
Grants Picnic Ground

1
night
Moorooduc

Moorooduc ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Frankston Beach, take in the exciting artwork at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moorooduc online tour itinerary builder .

Moorooduc is just a short distance from Dandenong. April in Moorooduc sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Moorooduc

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Frankston Beach, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan

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 29th (Mon), hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moorooduc to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moorooduc in April, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, view the masterpieces at Janbal Gallery, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, then stop by With Sugar, and finally view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossman
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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 3rd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns online itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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