22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Toronto

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Sydney is 15 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
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: don't miss a visit to Uluru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in May: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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