22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Wentworth Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, then stroll through Thornton Beach, then explore the galleries of Daintree Entomological museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bloomfield Waterfall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Tribulation, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Appreciate the collections at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spas in Palm Cove, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary site .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
On the 8th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and FortyFiveDownstairsfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and Sovereign Hill. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a stroll around Federation Square, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online road trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wentworth Falls.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls is a town in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, situated approximately west of the Sydney central business district, and about east of Katoomba, Australia on the Great Western Highway, with a Wentworth Falls railway station on the Main Western line. Do some cultural sightseeing at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Kurrajong Radio Museum. Head to Lost Bear Gallery and Blue Mountains Cultural Centrefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wentworth Falls: Megalong Valley (Dryridge Estate & Megalong Creek Estate). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at The National Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Perry's Lookdown, and take some stellar pictures from Lincoln's Rock.

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Explore your travel options from Melbourne to Wentworth Falls with the Route module. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Wentworth Falls. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Wentworth Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

3
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Buildingfor some retail therapy. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Wentworth Falls to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, stroll through Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid.

Plan trip to Lord Howe Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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