22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd, and explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Do your shopping at Art on Cairncross and Seaview Art Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina) and Opals Down Under (in Glenview). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online day trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Brisbane are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Caloundra, Kawana Shoppingworld, Art on Cairncross, Opals Down Under
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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.
On the 5th (Tue), look for gifts at Japanache, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Watersports Guru, then take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Watersports Guru
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, stop by Sydney Fish Market, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Buxton Contemporary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Tours
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©

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