22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Warrnambool
Drive:  37​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
11
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Apollo Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Warrnambool

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shark Diving, Josephine Falls, Michaelmas Cay, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands and then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whitsunday Great Walk, Bicentennial Walkway and Heart Reef.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
You've now added Skydive Capricorn to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Brisbane

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Noosa Chocolate Factory as well as Scuba & Snorkeling. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker website .

You can fly from Rockhampton to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rockhampton in July: highs in Brisbane hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

1
night
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.
You've added Kurrawa Beach, Surfers Paradise Beach, Zipline, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Tamborine Mountain and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip planning website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Zipline
Tamborine Mountain ©
Tamborine Mountain

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sundive Byron Bay, Wategos Beach and Broken Head Beach. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay day trip planner.

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Korora Lookout, Diggers Beach and Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour trip maker app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in January, plan for little chillier days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You will leave for Port Macquarie on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coastal walk, Aqua Vitae Day Spa and Hastings River. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Coastal walk.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Aqua Vitae Day Spa ©
Aqua Vitae Day Spa
Hastings River ©
Hastings River

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You've now added Foreshore Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll around Foreshore Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Newcastle trip maker tool .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Foreshore Park ©
Foreshore Park

3
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.
You've added Sydney Opera House, Manly Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 14th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sydney vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Botanic Gardens as well as Brighton Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Brighton Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Brighton Beach
Highlights from your plan
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

few
hours
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. You've now added Mait's Rest to your itinerary. On the 19th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Apollo Bay day trip planning app .

You can drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

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