23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

3
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 Ballarat Wildlife Park and Melbourne Zoo. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Degraves Street. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Hepburn Springs (JulsIndulgence & Portal 108) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, look for gifts at SpellBox, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in May, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ballarat, Hepburn Springs, St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jenolan Caves and The Bay Tree Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, The Bay Tree Gallery, Jenolan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Dreamworld. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store), Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head) and Raggedy Anne Boutique (in Kingscliff). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, look for gifts at Miami Marketta, revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Byron Bay, You and Bamboo, Raggedy Anne Boutique, Broken Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre ©
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Coffee Works (in Port Douglas) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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