23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
+2
subway + taxi + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Torquay
— 1 day
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + subway:  17​h
End: Kochi (Cochin)

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. While traveling from New Delhi, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 7th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
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 8th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online journey builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island day trip app .

Traveling by train from Townsville to Whitsunday Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Escape the urban bustle at Indian Head and Wanggoolba Creek.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Coogee Beach and Freshwater Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
day
Torquay

Torquay
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.
On the 18th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Torquay Central Farmers Market, then shop like a local with Torquay Farmers' Market, and then admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

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You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Sydney to Torquay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Torquay to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Torquay Farmers' Market ©
Torquay Farmers' Market
Torquay Central Farmers Market ©
Torquay Central Farmers Market

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park.

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Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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