19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Darwin
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Launceston
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns travel planner.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
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.
On the 21st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by With Sugar.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 23rd (Wed), examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar, then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, then see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Darwin trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas to Darwin, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Darwin sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory ©

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, browse the exhibits of Talapi, ponder the world of politics at Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, then examine the collection at The Residency, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs vacation maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Alice Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
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 26th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Elizabeth Quay, have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and finally explore the activities along Swan River.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Alice Springs to Perth by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Alice Springs to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, things will get slightly colder in Perth: highs are around 35°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Swan River ©
Swan River
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 28th (Mon), engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and finally take a tour of May Queen.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hobart travel route builder website.

You can fly from Perth to Hobart in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Perth to Hobart, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get little chillier in Hobart: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

1
night
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 29th (Tue), snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and finally walk around City Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hobart to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums
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City Park ©
City Park
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
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 museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Launceston to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Launceston in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then get your game on at Breakr, then don't miss a visit to Parliament of Australia, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra day trip tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Fun & Games
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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