23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Head to The Mill Markets and Degraves Streetfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Wendouree and St George's Lake. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat, approximately 1h 55 min away. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. You'll set off for Sydney on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ballarat, St George's Lake, The Mill Markets
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

3
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets, step off the mainland to explore Shark Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach and then tour the water at your own pace with Sea Sprint.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Colour Me Crazy
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Boathaven Beach ©
Boathaven Beach
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Photography Tours and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Shop till you drop at Rusty's Market and Cairns Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Crystal Caves and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Cairns Kart Hire Track, The Crystal Caves
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls