23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Healesville
— 1 night
5
Olinda
— 2 nights
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Sassafras
— 2 nights

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added Wildlife Tours Australia to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Paul's Cathedral and Dandenong Ranges National Park. Get outdoors at Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen), William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong) and Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary (in Barwon Heads). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, take a stroll through Melbourne Central, shop like a local with Collins St/Swanston St, and browse the different shops at South Melbourne Market.

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Houston, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Houston to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in December, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

3
nights
Sydney

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Take a break from the city and head to The Giant Stairway and Wentworth Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

3
nights
Cairns

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Skydiving. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Esplanade Boardwalk. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Healesville.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

1
night
Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Four Pillars Distillery, do a tasting at Maddens Rise, sample the tasty concoctions at Watts River Brewing, then sample the tasty concoctions at White Rabbit Brewery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Alchemy Distillers. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Healesville Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Fernshaw Picnic ground, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Healesville trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Healesville takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Healesville, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Olinda.

Things to do in Healesville

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
Four Pillars Distillery ©
Four Pillars Distillery
Fernshaw Picnic ground ©
Fernshaw Picnic ground

2
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Olinda

Olinda ©
An artistic hideaway with tree-lined streets that shade cafes, Olinda is a perfect town for contemplation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stop by Mangana, admire the natural beauty at Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens, then steep yourself in history at William Ricketts Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Olinda Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Maroondah Adventure Golf Park, learn about winemaking at Seville Hill Winery, and then stroll around R.J. Hamer Arboretum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Olinda trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Healesville to Olinda in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Olinda can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sassafras.

Things to do in Olinda

Parks · Golf · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens ©
Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Maroondah Adventure Golf Park ©
Maroondah Adventure Golf Park

2
nights
Sassafras

Sassafras ©
On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Chelsea Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, and then look for gifts at Tea Leaves Australia.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sassafras travel route planner.

Sassafras is very close to Olinda. In January in Sassafras, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sassafras

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chelsea Beach ©
Chelsea Beach
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve
Tea Leaves Australia ©
Tea Leaves Australia

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