22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Perth
— 2 nights
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Torquay
— 1 day
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Perth — 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and finally stroll around Windsor Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth visit planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Perth is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Perth is 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December: highs in Perth hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Torquay.
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Torquay — 1 day

Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Torquay trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Perth to Torquay in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Torquay hover around 29°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 4 nights

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.
Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing site.

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of The Rocks, and get great views at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: FloCryo (in Bokarina), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip builder.

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 16th (Fri), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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