22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner
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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island Marina, Fly to Noosa
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
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Port Campbell
— 6 nights
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Melbourne
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Sydney — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sun), walk around Nielsen Park, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, then trek along Walking Trail To Chowder Bay, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Foreshore Track. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Strand Arcade and then identify plant and animal life at Blues Point Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary planning site.

Milan, Italy to Sydney is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Milan to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Milan in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Michaelmas Cay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Jetty (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (The Not Just Chocolate Shop & Barron Falls). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Noosa.
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Noosa — 2 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Stumers Creek and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emu Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Noosa Hills Par 3 Golf Course, cast your line with Noosa Fishing and Crab Adventures, and then identify plant and animal life at Noosa Safaris.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Noosa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Lungkata Walk. Explore hidden gems such as Mala Walk and Uluru Hiking Path. When in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, make a side trip to see Curtin Springs in Alice Springs, approximately Alice Springs away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Uluru Astro Tour, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Noosa to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 30th (Fri), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elwood Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.
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Port Campbell — 6 nights

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gibsons Steps and Johanna Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Port Campbell precinct and foreshore and Wildlife Wonders. Venture out of the city with trips to Beech Forest (Triplet Falls, Hopetoun Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Grotto, do a tasting at Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, and go for a walk through Thunder Cave.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Campbell trip maker site.

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Melbourne.
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Melbourne

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route maker app.

You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Thu).
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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