21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Ayr
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
Tanunda
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

4
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 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas visit planning tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ayr.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.GeographyAyr is located 88km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ayr holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Douglas to Ayr. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Ayr

#Museums
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Ayr Nature Display ©
Ayr Nature Display

4
nights
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Tanunda is known for wineries, fun & games, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, look for gifts at Thorn-Clarke Wines, and identify plant and animal life at Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tanunda trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ayr to Tanunda. Traveling from Ayr in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tanunda: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Tanunda

#Wineries, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Angaston, Greenock, Barossa Valley, Marananga, Seppeltsfield
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tanunda to Kangaroo Island in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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