22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Torquay
— 1 night
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Perth
— 2 nights
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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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, identify plant and animal life at Billy Tea Safaris, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns online journey planner.

Poznan, Poland to Cairns is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Poznan in December, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 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.
Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the activities along The Brisbane River, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane travel route planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Brisbane, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's lots more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and visit Darling Harbour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Melbourne.
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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.
Dedicate the 7th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at Elite Male Massage, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and get into the urban bustle at Federation Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Torquay.
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Torquay — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

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You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Perth.
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Perth — 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 10th (Tue), steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, walk around Windsor Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and finally appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Perth route maker tool.

Fly from Torquay to Perth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Torquay in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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