22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online vacation planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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 21st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Canberra online vacation planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of The National Pass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally make a trip to Echo Point Lookout.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Leura online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Leura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Leura when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and White Rabbit Gallery. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, stroll through Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online day trip planner .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
day
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 28th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip site .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Visit Thornton Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Cape Tribulation) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stop by With Sugar.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Herberton (Historic Village Herberton & Spy & Camera Museum). Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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