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
— 3 nights
Drive:  38​h
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
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 27th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve, contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and then hunt for treasures at Fremantle Markets. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Rockingham Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Peron, and then stop by Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip site .

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. When traveling from London in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Rockingham, Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts, Matilda Bay Reserve
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Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
Fremantle Markets ©
Fremantle Markets
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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.
Head to Art Gallery of Ballarat and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat--about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary planner .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ballarat
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

2
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at The Rocks Markets and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation planning tool .

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 January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Manly
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Airlie Beach

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 7th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach route maker website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Transportation Wildlife Outdoors
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Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Photography Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugar. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
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.
Head to Rusty's Market and Cairns Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Palm Cove (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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