23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
4
Healesville
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Olinda
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
Sassafras
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Houston

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wildlife Tours Australia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like William Ricketts Sanctuary and St Paul's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and South Melbourne Market. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen), Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong) and Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary (in Barwon Heads). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, shop like a local with Melbourne Central, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Arcade.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip site .

Houston, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Houston to Melbourne, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Houston, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

William Ricketts Sanctuary, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

3
nights
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.
Visit The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk for their historical value. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Giant Stairway) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, stop by Opal Minded, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Govetts Leap
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Skydiving. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Michaelmas Cay and Cairns Art Gallery. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip website .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 89°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Healesville.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Shark Diving
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

1
night
Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Four Pillars Distillery, do a tasting at Maddens Rise, sample the tasty concoctions at Watts River Brewing, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at White Rabbit Brewery, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alchemy Distillers. On the next day, appreciate the views at Healesville Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Fernshaw Picnic ground, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Healesville trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Cairns to Healesville in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Healesville to be much colder, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Olinda.

Things to do in Healesville

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maddens Rise
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Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
Fernshaw Picnic ground ©
Fernshaw Picnic ground
Four Pillars Distillery ©
Four Pillars Distillery

2
nights
Olinda

Olinda ©
An artistic hideaway with tree-lined streets that shade cafes, Olinda is a perfect town for contemplation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stop by Mangana, admire the natural beauty at Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens, contemplate the long history of William Ricketts Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Olinda Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at National Rhododendron Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Maroondah Adventure Golf Park, then learn about winemaking at Seville Hill Winery, and then walk around R.J. Hamer Arboretum.

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You can drive from Healesville to Olinda in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sassafras.

Things to do in Olinda

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Maroondah Adventure Golf Park, Seville Hill Winery
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Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens ©
Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Maroondah Adventure Golf Park ©
Maroondah Adventure Golf Park

2
nights
Sassafras

Sassafras ©
On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Chelsea Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, and then stop by Tea Leaves Australia.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sassafras route planning website .

Sassafras is just a short distance from Olinda. In January, daytime highs in Sassafras are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sassafras

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Chelsea Beach, Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve, Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve
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Chelsea Beach ©
Chelsea Beach
Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve ©
Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve ©
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve
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