23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Take a break from Perth with a short trip to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, get your game on at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and explore the activities along Swan River.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Perth road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Perth is 8 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect nights in Perth to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, trek along Kuniya Walk, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

4
nights
Melbourne

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 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip app .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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