22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Paphos
Fly:  25 h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Paphos

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Werribee Open Range Zoo and Eureka Skydeck. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder tool.

Paphos, Cyprus to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paphos to Melbourne. When traveling from Paphos in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi to Coogee Walk and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, thenget a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island driving holiday planner.

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. There's still lots to do: make a splash at Dreamworld, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, get outside with Pelican Feeding, and find something for the whole family at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast is minus 0.5 hours. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenget outside with The Bump Track, and then stop by With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

Discover how to plan a Port Douglas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will thrill your kids. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cool off at Sugarworld Waterpark, let the kids burn off some steam at Figtree Playground, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Crystal Cascades, Ellis Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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