23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
3
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Clare
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
5
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Fern Tree, and finally stop by Nutpatch.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hobart sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Hobart reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fern Tree
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Port Campbell National Park and Johanna Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Twelve Apostles and Mait's Rest. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Mait's Rest, Johanna Beach
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

1
night
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the galleries of Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, steep yourself in history at Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, savor the flavors at Paulett Wines, then learn about winemaking at Penna Lane Wines, then do a tasting at Kilikanoon Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Jeanneret Wines. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Crabtree Watervale Wines, browse the exhibits of Clare Valley Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gleeson Wetlands, then make a trip to St Aloysius Church, then do a tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Greg Cooley Wines.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Clare route builder website .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Clare in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Paulett Wines, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Paulett Wines ©
Paulett Wines
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum ©
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum

2
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.
Visiting Lake Cave and Jewel Cave will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Dilkes-Hoffman Ceramics Studio and Mukau Giftware & Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Hamelin Bay Jetty (in Hamelin Bay). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and stroll through Conto Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Clare to Margaret River. Traveling from Clare to Margaret River, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay, Mukau Giftware & Gallery, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

1
night
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 22nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at Talapi. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margaret River to Alice Springs. In May in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

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
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & With Sugar). Spend the 28th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 26th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns online holiday builder .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge Centre, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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