23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some cultural insight at Yellow Water and Twin Falls. Visiting Cahills Crossing and Nourlangie Rock will get you outdoors. When in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), make a side trip to see Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Shanghai, China to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To plan Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach will get you outdoors. Dedicate the 1st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, take a stroll through Degraves Street, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. Visiting Bondi Beach and Clovelly will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island route maker app .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at With Sugar, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and finally stroll through Four Mile Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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