22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  26​h
1
Hobart
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Nuriootpa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Halls Gap
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
6
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cowes
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Blackheath
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
10
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
11
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
12
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
13
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
14
Innisfail
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
15
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Mossman
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
17
Cooktown
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
18
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
19
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
20
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, stop by The Wicked Cheese Co., then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Hobart is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, car, and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Hobart, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Hobart to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, The Wicked Cheese Co.
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, take in the exciting artwork at Fine Art Kangaroo Island, then do a tasting at Bay of Shoals Winery, and finally go for a walk through George's 40,000 Castle Lights.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hobart to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Wineries
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Bay of Shoals Winery ©
Bay of Shoals Winery
Fine Art Kangaroo Island ©
Fine Art Kangaroo Island

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Thu), wander the streets of North Terrace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Henley Beach, then take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum Port Adelaide, and finally get lost in a book at State Library of South Australia.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Adelaide are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nuriootpa.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Henley Beach, National Railway Museum Port Adelaide
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Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
North Terrace ©
North Terrace

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Nuriootpa

Nuriootpa ©
Nuriootpa is the major commercial centre in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, about an hour's drive north of the capital, Adelaide, and 77 kilometres by rail. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Yelland & Papps.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Nuriootpa tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Adelaide to Nuriootpa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Nuriootpa are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Nuriootpa

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Seppeltsfield, Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars, Thorn-Clarke Wines
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars ©
Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars
Greenock Creek Wines ©
Greenock Creek Wines

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Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Steve Morvell Wildlife Art, then hike along Chatauqua Peak, then learn about winemaking at Pomonal Estate, and finally contemplate the long history of Bunjil's Shelter.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Halls Gap day trip planning website .

You can drive from Nuriootpa to Halls Gap in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bunjil's Shelter
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Steve Morvell Wildlife Art ©
Steve Morvell Wildlife Art
Pomonal Estate ©
Pomonal Estate
Bunjil's Shelter ©
Bunjil's Shelter

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 25th (Sun), hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route builder .

You can drive from Halls Gap to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
South Melbourne Market ©
South Melbourne Market

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Discover how to plan a Cowes trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Cowes are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, take a stroll through Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, then view the masterpieces at Gallery One88, then explore and take pictures at The National Pass, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Blackheath trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cowes to Blackheath. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cowes in August: highs in Blackheath hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park
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Highlights from your plan
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney online vacation planner .

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Traveling from Blackheath in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Hamilton Island hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 29th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. August in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Innisfail.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

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Innisfail

Innisfail ©
Innisfail a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Etty Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paronella Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian Sugar Industry Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Innisfail day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Magnetic Island to Innisfail. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Innisfail

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paronella Park, Australian Sugar Industry Museum
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Paronella Park ©
Paronella Park
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay

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Cairns

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.
To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Innisfail to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Nature Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mossman day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mossman takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mossman are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Highlights from your plan
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 5th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and finally stroll through Finch Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cooktown itinerary builder website .

Drive from Mossman to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooktown to Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Burleigh Head National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Spas Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Psychic Readings Twin Featherz ©
Psychic Readings Twin Featherz