22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h
6
Whitsunday Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Wentworth Falls. The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Ottawa to Sydney. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in February; daily highs in Sydney reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Wendouree. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Parliament House of Victoria will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong) and Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You've now added Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Carrick Hill and Jetty Pylons. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gorge Wildlife Park and Aldinga Beach. Step out of Adelaide with an excursion to Hallett Cove Conservation Park in Hallett Cove--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through River Torrens Linear Park Trail, trek along Michael Perry Botanic Reserve, stop by Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide tour site .

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. February in Adelaide sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Michael Perry Botanic Reserve, Jetty Pylons, Gorge Wildlife Park, River Torrens Linear Park Trail, Aldinga Beach
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Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail

3
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 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, don't miss a visit to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, don't miss a visit to Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in February; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Four Mile Beach, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas attractions planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Hill Inlet and Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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