19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  24 h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  26 h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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 Degraves Street and St. Patrick's Cathedral. We've included these beaches for you: Brighton Beach and Frankston Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo), Mr Little Cider (in Dromana) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). The adventure continues: get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing site .

Valletta, Malta to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Valletta to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valletta in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Panorama Garden Estate, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Frankston Beach, Mr Little Cider
Highlights from your plan
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 23rd (Sat), relax in the rural setting at The Truffle Farm.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canberra, with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Spas Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Spas
National Capital Exhibition ©
National Capital Exhibition

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Terrigal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in October, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Govetts Leap, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Wentworth Falls, Terrigal Beach, Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atherton Tablelands and Cathedral Fig Tree. St Monica's Cathedral and KickArts Contemporary Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, & more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Emu Ridge Gallery (in Kuranda). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Emu Ridge Gallery, Cathedral Fig Tree, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): head outdoors with Jetryder, explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in November, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Beaches Museums

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Highlights from your plan
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Anzac Memorial ©
Anzac Memorial

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