22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner
Make it your trip
— 6 nights
— 3 nights
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
Bus to Port Augusta Meal Break, Fly to Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Drive to Olympic Dam, Fly to Sydney


Sydney — 6 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Everglades House & Gardens (in Leura) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Canberra.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

Canberra — 3 nights

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, engage your brain at Questacon, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and appreciate the history behind Rats of Tobruk Memorial.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Canberra driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Canberra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Melbourne — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Dedicate the 22nd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Adelaide.
Tours · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Adelaide — 4 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock), Wine Diva Tours (in McLaren Vale) and Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, don't miss a visit to Southern Flinders Ranges Experience with Lunch, and look for gifts at Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide. December in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.
Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Coober Pedy — 2 nights

The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church and then stop by Seven Stones Designer Jewellers. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, then see the interesting displays at Old Timers Mine, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Coober Pedy tour planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Adelaide to Coober Pedy in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Coober Pedy reach 40°C and lows reach 24°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.