22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 5 nights
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Blue Mountains National Park (Lincoln's Rock & The National Pass), Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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 in touch with nature at St. Kilda Beach and Balloon Rides. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and Cowes (Cowes Beach & Koala Conservation Centre). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowes, Sovereign Hill, St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Four Mile Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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