22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner
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Sydney
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
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Adelaide
— 2 nights
Foot to Adelaide, Fly to Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island
— 1 day
Fly to Adelaide, Foot to Adelaide
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Adelaide
— 1 night
Drive
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Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Drive
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 1 night
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Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip tool.

Seoul, South Korea to Sydney is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is warmer than Seoul - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cairns.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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Cairns — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns attractions planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Adelaide.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Adelaide — 2 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): shop like a local with Rundle Mall, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, meet the residents at Adelaide Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Southern Flinders Ranges Experience with Lunch. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Glenelg Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Glenelg Pier.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide tour itinerary builder website.

Fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Adelaide is minus 0.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.
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Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Kangaroo Island — 1 day

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 23rd (Fri), see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island online vacation planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.
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Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Adelaide — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga.

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Fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mount Gambier.
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Mount Gambier — 1 night

The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Engelbrecht Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, then explore the activities along The Blue Lake, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cave Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Mount Gambier tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Mount Gambier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Mount Gambier is little chillier than Adelaide - with highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Melbourne.
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Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Melbourne — 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder app.

Fly from Mount Gambier to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Mount Gambier to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums
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Sydney — 6 nights

The Harbour City

Attractions like Bondi Beach and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Explore Sydney further: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Gold Coast.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

Gold Coast — 3 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, walk around John Laws Park, relax and rejuvenate at Active Body Therapies, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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Sydney — 1 night

The Harbour City

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney visit planning tool.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Sat).
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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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