22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
4
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Cairns is 18 hours. In November, Cairns is much warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 12th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for gifts at With Sugar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

few
hours
Perth

Perth ©
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 19th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Perth online itinerary planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Perth sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in November: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

3
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, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Sydney hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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