23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
2
Cowes
— 1 day
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
6
Dandenong
— 1 night
7
Moorooduc
— 1 night
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
10
Cairns
— 2 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Melbourne is 10 hours. In April, Melbourne is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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Trin Warren Tam-boore ©
Trin Warren Tam-boore
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
day
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, then learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cowes trip builder website.

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Cape Woolamai Beach
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Cowes to Gold Coast takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cowes in April; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park in Blacktown, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, you will find days in Sydney are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally get great views at Govetts Leap.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Katoomba. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Dandenong.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

1
night
Dandenong

Dandenong ©
On the 27th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Grants Picnic Ground and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dandenong trip planning site.

Getting from Katoomba to Dandenong by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Katoomba in April: highs in Dandenong hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Moorooduc.

Things to do in Dandenong

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dandenong Ranges National Park
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Grants Picnic Ground ©
Grants Picnic Ground

1
night
Moorooduc

Moorooduc ©
On the 28th (Sun), kick back and relax at Frankston Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Moorooduc trip itinerary planning app.

Moorooduc is just a short distance from Dandenong. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Moorooduc

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Frankston Beach
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park ©
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park

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.
On the 29th (Mon), trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art Uluru, then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Moorooduc to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Moorooduc to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moorooduc in April: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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 1st (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, expand your horizons at Janbal Gallery, then stroll through Four Mile Beach, and finally stop by With Sugar.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planning tool.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossman
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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