23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Botanical Gardens and Helicopter Tours. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Singapore, Singapore to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Cairns. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Agincourt Reef. Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

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 August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 31st (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cooktown planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cooktown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and then enjoy some diversion at Tobruk Memorial Baths.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cooktown to Townsville. September in Townsville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Airlie Beach Lagoon and Heart Reef. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock, Grays Bay, & more). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Beach Book Boutique, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island road trip site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Whitsunday Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route planning website .

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in September: highs in Sydney hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 12th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Park War Memorial and Caversham Wildlife Park. Go for a jaunt from Perth to Fremantle to see Fremantle Markets about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Perth Zoo, and take in the architecture and design of The University of Western Australia.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Perth hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Perth Zoo, Fremantle Markets, Caversham Wildlife Park
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Kings Park War Memorial ©
Kings Park War Memorial
Swan River ©
Swan River

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