22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and ZOO TO YOU HQ - Discovery Centre. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning tool .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Cairns, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Daintree Discovery Centre. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stop by Moonglow Jewellery, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in August, with highs in Brisbane at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Harbour Beach, make a trip to The Big Banana Fun Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 14th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oakvale Wildlife Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, and finally get great views at Barry Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nelson Bay travel planner .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Nelson Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Barry Park, Tomaree Head, Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, Oakvale Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Oakvale Wildlife Park ©
Oakvale Wildlife Park
Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters ©
Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and look and learn at Sydney Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation planner .

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally engage your brain at Grote Reber Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart visit planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Hobart reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Grote Reber Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Grote Reber Museum ©
Grote Reber Museum

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at National Sports Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary maker site .

Fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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