22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Beerwah
— 1 night
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 6 nights
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Coogee Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the striking features of Queen Victoria Building, and take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip website.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Port Macquarie

— 1 night
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, then hike along Coastal walk, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and finally look for gifts at Vickers Fudge Factory.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie day trip planning app.

You can drive from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Carobana Confectionary and then get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour attractions planning app.

Drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Gold Coast

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online route builder.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping · Theme Parks

Brisbane

— 1 night

Australia's New World City

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 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane vacation website.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beerwah.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Beerwah

— 1 night
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Beerwah trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Beerwah takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Beerwah sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Noosa.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Noosa route planner.

You can drive from Beerwah to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Cairns

— 2 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've now added Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Noosa to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 6 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
When in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, make a side trip to see Curtin Springs in Alice Springs, approximately Alice Springs away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.