19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Toronto

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online visit planner .

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in February; daily highs in Sydney reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 16th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island visit planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Federation Squarefor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning site .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne by flight takes about 6 hours. February in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Bones and Jones. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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