22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Sydney

— 5 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.
Attractions like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Sydney Harbour Bridge make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, visit Darling Harbour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manila to Sydney. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Werribee Open Range Zoo and Royal Botanic Gardens. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Lungkata Walk. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cairns

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip tool.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Port Douglas

— 5 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.
Attractions like The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio and Horseback Riding Tours make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip app.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.