23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
5
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Amritsar

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns online vacation planner .

Amritsar, India to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amritsar to Cairns. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amritsar in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. Let the collections at Daintree Entomological museum and Daintree Discovery Centre capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll through Moffat Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in the exciting artwork at Robert Henderson Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island online road trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Leura.

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

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 21st (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then stop by Teddy Sinclair, and finally explore the galleries of Gallery One88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Falls Gallery, then explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, and finally browse for treasures at Katoomba Antique Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Leura holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Falls Gallery
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Head to Melbourne Central and Ambiance Giftsfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, take in the exciting artwork at Federation Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, make a trip to Uluru, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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