23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Linkoping
Fly:  32​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Linkoping

5
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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip site .

Linkoping, Sweden to Cairns is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Linkoping to Cairns is 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Linkoping in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 28th (Sat), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, examine the collection at Central Australia Aviation Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Residency, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

6
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 Sydney Opera House. Visit Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Safety Deposit Building for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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