22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately Faulconbridge away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, appreciate the history behind The Road Builders Memorial, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planner.

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

4
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation maker.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the activities along Eli Creek, thenhead off the coast to Waddy Point, and then explore the activities along Boomanjin lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fraser Island online road trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

3
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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns tour planning website.

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then trek along Kuniya Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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