23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visiting Bondi Beach and Jenolan Caves will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Sydney is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect nights in Sydney to be a bit cooler, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Exhibition Building.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Get in touch with nature at Greens Pool and The Gap and Natural Bridge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Albany's Historic Whaling Station and The Church of Saint John the Evangelist. Spend the 12th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Ellen Cove Boardwalk, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and admire the masterpieces at Vancouver Arts Centre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Albany travel route builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Albany in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Albany due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mammoth Cave and Jewel Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Cave and Cowaramup Bay. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup) and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Point, stop by Mukau Giftware & Gallery, learn about winemaking at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Margaret River vacation maker .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Augusta, Boranup, Ngilgi Cave, Cowaramup Bay
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
SSJG Heritage Centre and The Courthouse Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gantheaume Point. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Broome online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Broome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at With Sugar, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Broome to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broome to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Broome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Gold Coast) and Pelican Feeding (in Labrador). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Townsville in May; daily highs in Brisbane reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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