23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  18 h 30 min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Sydney to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 18.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll around Munro Martin Parklands, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Moonglow Jewellery, head outdoors with Horses in Port, then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

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Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Melbourne

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are cooler (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

6
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, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Start your trip to Sydney by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Adelaide is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, make a trip to Adelaide Oval, get a taste of the local shopping with Rundle Mall, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Adelaide day trip site.

Fly from Sydney to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Adelaide dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

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