22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Shuttle:  26 h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Wollongong
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Perth
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Train + Foot + Bus + Train:  22 h 30 min
End: Manchester

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 15th (Tue): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, trot along with a tour on horseback, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas holiday app .

Manchester, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and cool off at Sugarworld Waterpark.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Sugarworld Waterpark, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane vacation planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnamurra Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Kembla Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Werrong Beach, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Symbio Wildlife Park, then relax in the rural setting at Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Flagstaff Point Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wollongong trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Wollongong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Wollongong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Symbio Wildlife Park, Minnamurra Falls, Werrong Beach, Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard
Highlights from your plan
Symbio Wildlife Park ©
Symbio Wildlife Park
Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls
Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard ©
Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard

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 Manly Beach. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get curious at Powerhouse Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip site .

Traveling by train from Wollongong to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

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

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): find something for the whole family at Adventure World and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Adventure World
Highlights from your plan
Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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