22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Manchester

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Port Douglas — 2 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 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. In January, Port Douglas is warmer than Manchester - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 26th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route builder.

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 4 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In January, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum in Lithgow, approximately Lithgow away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Wentworth Falls Lookout, explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba route tool.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Katoomba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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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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