22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 2 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
7
Perth
— 1 night

2
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, look for gifts at Annie's at the Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site.

Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Belfast to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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 (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online route planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to South Bank Parklands in Brisbane--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

South Bank Parklands
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then stroll through Ned's Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island takes 7 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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 appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip app.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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 enjoy Royal Botanic Gardens and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, stop by Australian By Design, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in Perth hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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