23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
8
Ballarat
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island sightseeing planner.

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route maker tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 29th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Brisbane to Cape Tribulation in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Brisbane in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cape Tribulation: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 1st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and stop by With Sugar.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 6th (Thu), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, trek along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in June, plan for little chillier days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ballarat.

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

1
day
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Sovereign Hill, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, then make a trip to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ballarat vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Ballarat takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ballarat: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and take a memorable tour with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can take a train from Ballarat to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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