23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness).

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning app .

Ahmedabad, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ahmedabad to Port Douglas is 4 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

1
night
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 31st (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Visit Coogee Beach and Camp Cove for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Freshwater Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shopfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay. There's much more to do: stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, and hunt for treasures at Degraves Street.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation maker app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, and hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

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Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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