22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mossman
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Daintree
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cairns
— 1 night
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Newcastle
— Few hours
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
9
Chiltern
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 2 nights
11
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
13
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cincinnati

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.
On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Cincinnati, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Cairns. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, expect nights in Cairns to be warmer, around 69°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mossman trip builder website .

Mossman is very close to Port Douglas. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Daintree.

Things to do in Mossman

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Photography Tours

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls, then trek along Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, and then stroll through Wonga Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Daintree online trip builder .

Daintree is very close to Mossman. October in Daintree sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Wonga Beach
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Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail ©
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail

1
night
Cairns

Cairns
To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Daintree to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for Brisbane on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 30th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, stroll around South Bank Parklands, then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

few
hours
Newcastle

Newcastle
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hunter Wetlands Centre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle road trip planning app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Newcastle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Newcastle, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Bondi Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker tool .

Drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in November, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chiltern.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

few
hours
Chiltern

Chiltern
Chiltern is a town in Victoria, Australia, in the northeast of the state between Wangaratta and Wodonga, in the Shire of Indigo. To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chiltern trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sydney to Chiltern. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chiltern, with lows of 52°F. You will leave for Melbourne on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Chiltern

Nature Parks Museums
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2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning app .

Getting from Chiltern to Melbourne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Chiltern in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. You'll set off for Adelaide on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 5th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of General Post Office. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, then don't miss a visit to Emu Ridge, and finally relax in the rural setting at Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, then get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and finally admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip app .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

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