21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  20​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

San Francisco, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 18 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Perth day trip site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 21st (Sun), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route app .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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