22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at The University of Western Australia, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth online trip builder .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from London to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in November, expect nights in Perth to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Canberra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Canberra. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in November; daily highs in Canberra reach 28°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in November, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 1st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

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

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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