22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Get outdoors at Ned's Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island vacation planning tool .

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Store Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cape Tribulation and see Myall Beach, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, get outside with Horses in Port, and take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour builder website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daydream Island Living Reef. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take a memorable tour with Tours, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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