23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Townsville
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

3
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.
St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Underart Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Janbal Gallery and Des Spencer Galleries. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 7th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Janbal Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Road Transport Hall of Fame, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 40°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Townsville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in March, plan for little chillier days in Townsville, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 12th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

Find out how to plan Whitsunday Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a train from Townsville to Whitsunday Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Maheno Wreck. Explore Fraser Island's surroundings by going to Urangan (Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim & Creations at The Harbour) and Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum (in Scarness).

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Urangan, Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve. On the next day, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, and then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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