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
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online day trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Cow Bay to see Walu Wugirriga Lookout about 44 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Get some cultural insight at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Let the collections at National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, then steep yourself in history at Mugga-Mugga Cottage, and then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Mugga-Mugga Cottage
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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