22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia sightseeing planner

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

— 3 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 8th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner.

Canberra to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

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, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

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 13th (Sat), stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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 15th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk 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 get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in March, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Sydney

— 5 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, visit Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Giant Stairway, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and browse the different shops at Leura Mall.

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

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Katoomba, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

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.