22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Sydney
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 12 nights
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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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Byron Bay

— 3 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Byron Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cairns

— 12 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra) and Paronella Park (in Mena Creek). Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, cool off at Cairns Wake park, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning app.

Getting from Byron Bay to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Byron Bay in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.