23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  33​h
End: Nottingham

4
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Tranquility Falls in Daintree--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas vacation maker website .

Nottingham, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Nottingham to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nottingham in December, expect Port Douglas to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns planning site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Escape the urban bustle at Ned's Beach and Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Vaucluse House are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Trinity College Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, pause for some serene contemplation at Hillsong Church, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

You can plan Melbourne trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

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 December, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Walpa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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