22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Visit Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at FortyFiveDownstairs, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Melbourne is 10 hours. When traveling from London in March, plan for much hotter days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

4
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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek.

Planning Fraser Island trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect nights in Fraser Island to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and Artistree Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Four Mile Beach, & more), Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Birdworld Kuranda, Historic Village Herberton, Babinda Boulders
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Oldis Gardens, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

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

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in March, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oldis Gardens, Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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