19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Torquay
— 1 night
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas route site.

Barcelona, Spain to Port Douglas is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get much warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 18th (Sat), race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): walk around South Bank Parklands and then walk around Roma Street Parkland. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and stop by Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

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, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, make a trip to Fitzroy Gardens, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Torquay

— 1 night
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Torquay road trip site.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Perth.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

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Traveling by flight from Torquay to Perth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Torquay in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.