19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Canberra
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 1 night
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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take a stroll through Degraves Street. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Panorama Garden Estate, then do a tasting at Mr Little Cider, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne journey planning website.

Valletta, Malta to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Valletta to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Valletta in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Canberra

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): relax in the rural setting at The Truffle Farm.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canberra day trip app.

Drive from Melbourne to Canberra in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Spas · Childrens Museums

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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 Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Beach and Bondi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, get great views at Wentworth Falls Lookout, stroll through Clovelly Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Canberra to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Opal Reef. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Emu Ridge Gallery (in Kuranda), Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
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, then explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally get your game on at Sports Club. On the next day, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. November in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. 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 · Tours

Sydney

— 1 night

The Harbour City

On the 4th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hamilton Island in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.