23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
7
Ballarat
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: London

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Annie's Ladies Boutique, & more). Spend the 5th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach and stroll the grounds of McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Spend the 10th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 8th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Cape Tribulation to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cape Tribulation in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance for their historical value. Spend the 18th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Food Tours
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through The Rocks, identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): browse the exhibits of Sovereign Hill, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ballarat trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Ballarat by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Ballarat to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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