22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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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.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately Torquay away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool.

Bristol, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Bristol to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, get great views at Cahill's Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Narrow Neck Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney visit planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Gold Coast

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Brisbane

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Thu), stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Old Government House, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Cairns

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Muddy's Playground, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.